To regain your confidence and your quality of life, you have made the choice to replace your missing teeth with dentures. Now, you have a complete beautiful smile. However, a new issue has developed that has left you feeling insecure—bad breath. Also known as “denture breath,” this problem can cause you to hesitate to speak as the foul odor seeps out. Thankfully, you can easily cure the smell with changes to your home oral hygiene habits and care from your dentist.
Living with Denture Breath
The cause of bad breath while wearing dentures is often due to an accumulation of bacteria. It is easy for food partials to become trapped underneath the arch. If they are not removed and cleaned regularly, it will lead to an odor.
Plaque can also develop in a thin layer, which hosts the stinky bacteria. Although dentures are not subject to decay, they need to be cleaned regularly to remove it. Improper cleaning habits will lead to an accumulation, increasing the occurrence of bad breath.
In some cases, an infection cause by irritation from poorly fitting dentures can also cause the smell.
Combating Denture Breath
In most cases, you can easily stop the odor by taking the time each day to properly clean your dentures. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush, gently clean all surfaces of the denture, even the arch that meets your gum tissue. This will remove smelly plaque and food accumulations.
In addition to brushing, it is best to soak your dentures each night in a special solution. Your dentist may also recommend the use of a cleaner tablet, which can kill as much as 99.9% of odor-causing bacteria.
It is best to never sleep with your dentures in your mouth because bacteria tend to grow at night as your mouth becomes dryer. Not to mention, you need to give your mouth and gums a rest.
To help stop unpleasant odors, you may want to consider avoiding certain foods in your diet that are known to trigger bad breath, like garlic and onions.
If an infection is the cause, you will need help from your dentist. The infection will be treated, and adjustments will be made to the arch to help prevent additional irritation in the future.
Enjoy Fresh Breath
Poor odors while wearing dentures can be fully avoided with the right oral hygiene habits and regular care from your dentist. If bad breath has you feeling insecure, it is time to be proactive about your cleaning habits to restore your confidence while reducing your risk for oral health complications.
About Dr. Dennis E. Stansbury
After graduating the Baylor College of Dentistry in 1974, Dr. Dennis E. Stansbury has provided exceptional dental care to the community of Tyler. Supported by extensive qualifications and several hours of continued education, he provides an array of services to meet the needs of his patients through all stages of life. In addition to general dentistry, he offers the solutions you need to replace your missing teeth. If you are ready to complete your smile with dentures, contact Stansbury Dental today to schedule a consultation.