How to avoid bad breath with dentures
Keep bad breath at bay and maintain the overall condition of your smile.
If you wear dentures and are struggling with bad breath, you might be wondering what you can do about this unfortunate issue. The good news is that with a few simple adjustments, it is often possible to banish bad breath completely and enjoy a fresh, healthy smile. Read on for our top tips on preventing bad breath with dentures completely…
What causes bad breath with dentures?
In some cases, dentures themselves can cause an unpleasant odour in the mouth. This usually happens when one does not clean their dentures properly — without proper denture hygiene, bacteria can build up on the dentures, which can cause them to smell. Bacteria can easily get stuck in small, hard-to-reach parts of the dentures, as well as in the denture arch if these areas are not regularly and thoroughly cleaned.
It is important to understand that some types of dentures, such as those that are made from acrylic, have very small pores on their surface. Although your dentures may look smooth, they actually have tiny pores in which bacteria and food particles can become trapped. For this reason, regular cleaning is essential.
How can you prevent bad breath?
An important step in denture maintenance and hygiene is overnight soaking. You should remove your dentures every night before you go to bed and place them in a cup of denture cleaning solution. It is also important that you brush your gums and tongue every night in order to get rid of any bacteria and food debris that might have accumulated in your mouth throughout the day.
When you wake up in the morning, you should remove your dentures from the soaking solution and brush them gently. Regular brushing will ensure that any plaque and other odour-causing debris is removed. It is also a good idea to brush your gums and tongue again at the start of the day before you put your dentures back in your mouth.
Another way to keep bad breath at bay is to make sure that you drink plenty of water throughout the day. This will help to prevent your mouth from drying out and will also wash away foul-smelling bacteria that could lead to bad breath.
In some cases, an underlying health concern could lead to bad breath so if you are concerned about your breath even after improving your hygiene routine, it is important that you consult with your dentist. They will be able to determine the cause of the issue and recommend a suitable treatment plan.
Whether you have bad breath or not, you should see your dentist for regular check-ups. Your dentist will be able to address any questions or concerns that you have about your oral hygiene and will also check for any underlying issues. They will also check that your dentures fit properly and make any necessary adjustments.
How can we help?
At Impressions Dental Studio, we love to help our patients maintain optimal oral health and hygiene. If you have a question about your oral hygiene habits or life with dentures in general, we encourage you to come in and see us. We are happy to provide you with all the information that you need to enjoy a fresh, beautiful smile.
Our denture clinic offers a comprehensive range of services, including partial dentures, full dentures, implant-supported dentures, immediate dentures, relines and repairs. Whether you are considering dentures for the first time, or would like to have your existing dentures adjusted, we can help.
To find out more about the services that we offer at Impressions Dental Studio, please have a look here.
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