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Denture Dilemma: How Do I Prevent Bad Breath?

January 8, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_antoon @ 8:44 pm
Man holding dentures and plugging his nose

Dentures are the tried-and-true method for rebuilding your grin after tooth loss because they restore so much for your ability to eat and speak again. Many patients are thrilled that they can once again enjoy meals with family and friends like they used to. Unfortunately, though, your false teeth might develop an unpleasant odor over time if they’re not cared for properly. If you’ve noticed a less-than-ideal scent coming from your false teeth, keep reading to learn 4 tips to keep them fresh!

Tip #1: Rinse Them After Eating

Although they are not made of the same material as your natural teeth, your dentures can still be impacted by unhealthy bacteria. When you chew, bits of your food can be left behind which attracts microbes that form plaque and tartar if they’re not cleared away. When these flourish, your dentures are prone to developing a distinct odor.

You can prevent this from happening by removing your dentures to rinse them off after eating. This helps keep unwanted germs from sticking around after the fact and keeps your dentures aroma-free.

Tip #2: Clean Your Mouth

Your dentures stay in place by suctioning against your gums, which is an ideal place for bacteria to thrive. You don’t want to go through the trouble of cleaning your dentures off just to put them back into a dirty mouth. Therefore, it’s just as important to gently scrub your gums, tongue, inside your cheeks, and along the roof of your mouth when you take your false teeth out after meals. You can use gauze or a soft-bristled brush to avoid injuring your tender gums. This can help you avoid gum disease in addition to stinky breath!

Tip #3: Brush Them Daily

Your dentures will need more than a simple rinse every day. They also need to be brushed daily just like your natural pearly whites did. It’s best to use a soft-bristled brush and special denture cleaner or paste to avoid damaging your pontics (false teeth). Be sure to thoroughly scrub away any sign of leftover food, plaque, tartar, or denture adhesive to keep them looking and smelling immaculate.

Tip #4: Soak Them at Night

Leaving your dentures out to dry overnight encourages the growth of microbes that cause the unpleasant scent you’ve been experiencing. Instead, soak them in a glass of cool water or denture solution when you go to bed. This eradicates germs so that your dentures stay healthier, and scent-free, for longer.

By following these helpful hints, you’ll prevent any pungent smells or bad breath that come with dirty dentures!

About the Author

Dr. Sam Antoon has more than 30 years of experience providing a wide array of services, including dentures, to help his patients improve their oral health. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology and then achieved his doctorate at the Southern Illinois University’s School of Dental Medicine. He remains up to date with current treatments and technology so that you get the best possible treatments available. If your dentures have developed a distinct scent and you’d like a consultation, you’re welcome to request an appointment on the website or call (972) 640-6229.

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