Dentures are not immune to plaque and tartar. Food and debris can also be stuck in the gap between your false teeth and your real ones. All these will lead to noxious odors that can lead to bad breath.
Our mouths are home to about 1,000 to as many as 100,000 bacteria. People with bad hygiene practices have as many as 1 billion bacteria in their mouth. So, don't be surprised that they suffer from halitosis, as well.
Bad Oral Hygiene Practices Can Result to Denture Odors
The bacteria in our mouths are living organisms. They eat the food particles in our mouth and then they produce waste. However, some of these byproducts contain sulfur compounds which, in effect, cause the noxious odor on the breath. Unfortunately, while you are immune from cavities, you may not escape halitosis these bacteria do not make a distinction between real teeth and dentures.
The problem is that most people wearing dentures behave like they still have their real teeth. The practice of cleaning them is very different. You have to remove them and clean them thoroughly to prevent bacteria from accumulating. Soak the false teeth in a cleanser or anti-bacterial mouthwash, which should kill most of the bacteria. If possible, take them off while sleeping to prevent bacteria buildup.
The gap between the dentures and the palate is the haven for these bacteria and that's why you have to brush it also. One way to avoid this is to use adhesive, which will fill the gap where the denture set, and the roof of your mouth meets.
It's also important that you visit us regularly so that we can check your dentures if they are still fitted properly. Ill-fitting dentures can cause bad breath.
Do you have denture odors? Visit our office today so we can help identify the reasons behind the odor.
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