We have all suffered from bad breath at one point in time. Sadly, for those with dentures, the problem may be a lot more evident. Brushing alone may not be enough to thoroughly clean your dentures. If you are worried about your dentures causing bad breath, Dental Care Glebe can help. Don’t put up with bad breath any longer. Read on for more advice.
Why Dentures Cause Bad Breath
Just like with normal teeth, dentures need to be properly cleaned to avoid bad breath or halitosis. However, there are other factors that can cause bad breath in denture patients.
Older patients with dentures have an increased chance of developing bad breath. As we age, our salivary flow decreases along with the protection of our immune system. This leads to higher levels of lactobacilli and yeast in the saliva of older patients with dentures.
On average, a patient should have their dentures replaced every 5-7 years. Many patients try to prolong the life of their dentures, which is not a good idea. Speak to your dentist about having routine check-ups for your dentures.
Dentures that are made from acrylic have surface pores. If you are worried about your dentures causing bad breath, speak to Dental Care Glebe.
How to Clean Your Dentures
Sadly, for some patients, the extent of their cleaning process is a quick brush and rinse. This is insufficient to effectively clean dentures. Fortunately, there is a fast and easy method you can do at home to clean your dentures:
Soak your dentures in lukewarm water for a few minutes
Brush them gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush, using a cleaning solution such as Polident
Wash your dentures with lukewarm water
The soak, brush, rinse method will give your dentures a quick clean, especially after eating. When using a solution like Polident, always read instructions carefully or you might damage your dentures. Never clean your dentures with hot water as it will warp the dentures. Another way to keep your dentures clean is to soak then in water or a mild cleaning solution overnight. Talk to your dentist for more information about ongoing aftercare for your dentures.
Regular Dental Check-ups
For optimal cleanliness for your dentures, see your dentist regularly. Dental Care Glebe can give your dentures a thorough clean and we will also advise you on how to take care of them.
Dentures are an investment for your oral health. Your dentist will ensure the dentures are properly fitted to prevent any discomfort or dislodging. This will also prevent infections that may occur due to poor denture maintenance.
For more information or to make an enquiry, talk to Dental Care Glebe today. We can book you in for an appointment and properly assess the health of your teeth and dentures.