The Relationship between Dentures and Bad Breath
Bad breath is a common problem that most people will experience at multiple points throughout life. In a majority of cases, the smell of one’s breath can be directly improved through an increase in dental hygiene habits. Still, there are multiple factors that may contribute to bad breath, some of which are not immediately apparent. By understanding the cause of this problem, patients can more easily and effectively treat it.
Dentures can unfortunately play a role in one’s breath, especially when they are not properly maintained or cared for. To help our Fort Worth patients make the most of their dentures, we offer the following information on the possible links between dentures and bad breath, as well as what can be done to improve both.
What Causes Bad Breath?
When people have persistently bad breath, also called halitosis, they may begin to wonder if it is symptomatic of a more serious complication. In 90 percent of cases, though, even chronically bad breath is caused by bacteria in the mouth. When bacteria are allowed to linger and spread, they produce sulfur compounds that are primarily responsible for halitosis. Although a proper hygiene regimen is often enough to counter these bacteria, additional factors such as dentures may impede hygiene and general dental health.
How Do Dentures Contribute to Bad Breath?
Just because a patient has lost his or her teeth does not mean dental health should be ignored. In fact, patients with dentures must be double concerned with the cleanliness of both their gums and dentures. If you find yourself constantly suffering from halitosis, your dentures may be part of the problem:
- Poor hygiene: Patients should continue to brush their gums, tongue, and palate at least twice a day after meals. If gum disease develops, bad breath will probably follow.
- Unclean dentures: Dentures should also be cleaned whenever the mouth is, removing built-up bacteria and food particles. Use a dental cleaning solution or mild soap with an ordinary tooth brush to keep dentures clean.
- Wearing dentures for too long: Patients who keep their dentures in for extended periods of time, such as throughout the night, are more likely to have uncontrolled bacterial growth. The risk of gum disease, gum discoloration, and mouth sores will also be more likely.
- Too much adhesive cream: When applying adhesive cream to dentures, patients may be tempted to simply apply a new layer of cream over the previous one. However, when preexisting adhesive is not cleaned off, bacteria will continue to grow.
- Poorly fitting dentures: If ill-fitting dentures irritate the gums, they may lead to mouth sores, disease, or a fungal infection. Each of these complications can result in bad breath.
Take Care of Your Dentures
Remember to brush and rinse your dentures between meals, as diligently as someone would brush his or her natural teeth. Before going to sleep, take your dentures out and place them in a recommended sterilizing solution. As long as you keep your dentures (and your mouth) clean, you can significantly reduce the prevalence of bad breath.
If your dentures seem loose or irritating, there is a good chance that they no longer fit properly. This is not just a potential problem for your breath, however; it can also negatively impact your health and comfort. Visit your dentist to evaluate how well your dentures fit. The decision to professionally adjust or replace your dentures could save a lot of trouble and pain in the future.
Keep Bad Breath in Check
Be proactive in your dental health, whether you have a full set of teeth or a set of dentures. Visit our denture clinic to learn the source of your bad breath and what can be done to treat it. Contact us today for more information.