Clean Dentures= Better Breath

dentures cause bad breathDentures are a great way to replace missing teeth. The procedure is less invasive than most tooth replacement options and therefore can be less painful. Although the procedure is easier and quicker that does not mean that maintaining and caring for your dentures is always a breeze. In fact, keeping your dentures in great shape is a daily process that will affect your overall health. One negative side effect of neglecting to care for dentures is bad breath. Patients often think dentures cause bad breath but don’t realize that thoroughly cleaning their dentures the right way can eliminate this problem altogether. Here are some ways to cure bad breath caused by dentures.

When Dentures Cause Bad Breath…

First off, if you have bad breath it may not actually be your dentures’ fault. Bad breath, medically known as halitosis, can be caused by a number of things such as your diet, gum disease, dry mouth or poor oral hygiene.

One way to be sure that you can blame your dentures for your bad breath is to remove your dentures and place them in a Ziploc bag. Close the bag and let it sit for at least five minutes. After waiting, open the bag and take a sniff. Needless to say, you will automatically know if the dentures are to blame.

So what do you do now?

When your dentures cause bad breath it’s simply because you are not removing them and cleaning them enough- or properly. Here are some ways to improve your denture cleaning habits.

  • Remove dentures and clean them after every meal (even snacks!)
  • Brush both the inside and the outside of your dentures
  • If you use adhesive creams, always clean off all the old adhesive before applying more
  • Your dentures rest on tissue. Don’t forget to clean your tissues and gums! Brush them with a soft brush or simply wipe them down with a washcloth and toothpaste. Don’t forget to brush your tongue too- this is a breeding ground for bacteria.
  • If you’ve only been using a toothbrush to clean your dentures this is not enough. Use an ultrasonic cleanser to break down stubborn bacteria. Also try disinfecting your dentures with one of the many denture cleaners that can be found at your local drugstore. Bacteria can exist in tiny places on dentures where only ingredients in these denture cleaners can kill them.

We hope these tips help you to eliminate bad breath caused by dentures. While cleaning your dentures is incredibly important it is not the only way to properly care for them. Click here for more tips on how to care for dentures the right way. Visit us at Carolina Dental Center in Murrells Inlet, SC or call us for more information on how dentures cause bad breath.

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