Just like people with natural teeth, people with dentures can end up with bad breath because they aren’t taking care of their teeth properly. However denture wearers may also suffer bad breath because they have poorly made dentures.
One of the biggest causes of bad breath for denture wearers is failure to clean them properly. Your dentures have to be taken care of like your natural teeth, and then some. Clean your dentures thoroughly at least once a day, which includes taken them out and brushing them, both the teeth part and the part that contacts your gums.
If you’re using denture adhesive, make sure you get all that off your dentures. Then put them in to soak. Also make sure you clean your gums just as thoroughly and remove all adhesive from there as well.
If you don’t clean your dentures thoroughly, food and bacteria can accumulate on them, which can lead to bad breath as the oral bacteria break down the food and give off waste. Anaerobic bacteria are the worst. Instead of “breathing” oxygen, they breathe sulfur, which means the waste gasses they give off are smelly sulfur compounds (like rotten eggs and many other rotten smells).
If you’re doing a reasonable job of cleaning your dentures, but you’re still experiencing bad breath, it may be the dentures themselves that are the problem. Ideally, your dentures should create a tight fit and a good seal that prevents food from getting under your dentures. However, if you have poorly fitting dentures, food is more likely to get up and under the dentures, sometimes in significant quantities, which can then provide food for anaerobic bacteria living under the denture.
If you’re taking good care of your dentures, but you’re still getting bad smells, maybe you need better-fitting dentures, like The Denture Fountain of Youth®. To learn more about these better fitting dentures, please call 610-272-0828 today for an appointment with a Philadelphia denture dentist at Dental Excellence of Blue Bell.
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