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.
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.
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:
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.
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.