After a period of time wearing dentures, patients often experience lingering odours coming from their mouth. Try as they might, no amount of mouthwash will alleviate the problem. The good news is that you’re not alone in suffering from “denture breath.” The even better news is that this condition is entirely preventable. Here’s what you should know if you suddenly start experiencing denture halitosis.
The Root of the Problem
When in your mouth, dentures function like your natural teeth, grinding your food as you chew. Because of this, your dentures are subject to the same conditions such as lodged food and plaque. This bacteria and debris loves to build up in the tiny cracks and crevices of your mouth. If left unchecked, the plaque will form a layer around your dentures that gives off an unpleasant smell.
Brush Your Gums Underneath Dentures
We often forget that cleaning and brushing your gums is required even after loss of teeth. Using a soft toothbrush helps to achieve this objective. It helps to dislodge any left over food particles and also massages your gums to maintain their health. This makes it hard for bacteria to settle underneath your dentures and develop into plaque.
Keep it Clean
The most effective way to avoid bad breath is to keep your dentures clean. By creating a routine that involves soaking, brushing, and rinsing, you can break down the bacteria before it becomes a problem. Basic mouthwash will not be as effective, so it’s important to use a cleanser specifically designed for dentures.
Give Your Mouth a Break
In addition to adhesive and proper cleaning, make sure to take out your dentures at night. The reason for this is twofold. Firstly, you will inhibit the ability of bacteria to grow overnight. Secondly, it will give your mouth and gums a much needed rest. While you are sleeping, it’s always a good idea to put your dentures in a solution overnight.
Bad breath from dentures can be uncomfortable and troublesome. Avoid this by following a proper care routine and talking with your denture specialist about how you can keep your dentures clean.