Posted on 5/25/2018 by Tuttle Crossing Dental Group
Dentures aren't any different from your natural teeth in that plaque and tartar can build up on them. This often leads to bad breath (a.k.a. halitosis) which occurs when food particles become lodged under your dentures.
The combination of plaque and food particles create this unpleasant smell. Bacteria can also do the same thing if it builds up from you not brushing your dentures every day.
How to Avoid Halitosis When Wearing Dentures
Fortunately, there are several things that you can do to avoid halitosis when you're wearing dentures. Obviously, one of the most important things you can do is clean them every day. This will remove any food and plaque from your dentures.
To clean your dentures, you'll need to soak, brush, and rinse them thoroughly. You need to use a special denture cleansing tablet like Polydent to keep away odor-causing bacteria. After soaking them you'll need to use a soft-bristle brush to remove any additional debris, then rinse them thoroughly under running water.
Another product you should use is denture adhesive. This helps prevent food from getting trapped under your dentures because it seals them to your gums. You'll also enjoy your food more knowing your dentures are securely in place. Additionally, it's important to always take your dentures out before going to sleep at night.
This stops bacteria from forming and growing overnight while also giving your mouth and gums the rest they need. Even though you're wearing dentures, you still need to see us on a regular basis. We need to make sure that your dentures are still in good condition and that your mouth is healthy overall.
Once you make an appointment, you can also ask us any questions you have about your dentures, including how to properly care for and clean them. So, make sure you make an appointment with us today.