If you’re a denture wearer, you may worry about having bad breath or even suspect you’re dealing with it already. Though bad breath can stem from bacteria or gums, most of the time, dentures are the culprit. This can lead to many denture wearers feeling self-conscious and can even impact social activities, which can then have a severe impact on mental wellbeing. In today’s article, we look at bad breath and dentures and how you can prevent it from occurring.
Bad breath and dentures: What causes it?
Just like with real teeth, not cleaning dentures properly can lead to smelly breath. This is because bacteria builds upon the surface of the dentures, and can even hide in small cracks or underneath the denture arch.
Though it’s not visible to the human eye, dentures have tiny surface pores where bacteria can get trapped in. This is why it’s crucial to maintain a regular dental hygiene routine, to stop debris from remaining and making your breath smell.
Bad breath and dentures: How to tell if you’re dealing with smelly dentures
Not sure if you have smelly dentures? Here’s how you can tell:
- Take out your dentures and place them in a small Ziploc bag
- Let them sit for several minutes
- Open the bag and smell inside
Denture breath remedies
Soak overnight with fresh water
Keeping your dentures in denture solution every night not only ensures they won’t dry out but also helps to kills germs that have built up over the day. If you don’t have a denture cleaning solution, cold or lukewarm water will do. Just be sure to change it each night and avoid hot water as it can warp the acrylic.
As you would with real teeth, it’s important to brush your teeth twice a day with a soft bristle brush and special denture cleaning solution. Once finished, gently brush your gums as well, as this helps to stimulate blood flow and remove any bacteria build up.
Drink lots of water
Drinking plenty of water throughout the day can help flush out any smelly bacteria that gets stuck on your dentures. If you have a dry mouth and don’t have enough saliva to wash away bacteria, drinking water can help wash away any bad breath causing bacteria. If you’re a regular coffee drinker, try to wash your mouth out after having a cup. This will help you avoid having coffee breath and decrease the likelihood of developing stains.
Choose an alternative option
If you find nothing can curb your smelly dentures problem, it may be time to find an alternative solution such as dental implants. Though this might not be a viable option for full denture wearers, dental implants are a good alternative for partial wearers. As the implant is part of your bone, you can treat it the same way you would natural teeth.
Interested to Learn More?
If you find that nothing is helping your bad breath problems, it might be time to see a specialist and find out the root cause. Contact Denture Health Care by calling 1300 304 092, booking online or by emailing email@example.com for more denture breath remedies.