You may think that chewing on mint flavored gum is all you need to eliminate bad breath when you wear dentures.
However, a good oral hygiene regime and thoroughly cleaning your dentures is essential if you want to keep bad breath away.
Many people do not realize that dentures are an ideal breeding ground for bacteria. The buildup of bacteria and plaque not only cause breath odor, but also lead to a host of dental problems such as gingivitis, periodontitis, and gum disease.
Oral bacteria are also responsible for infections elsewhere in the body, if it is left unchecked.
By simply learning to clean your false teeth properly, you can avoid bad breath and lower the risks of developing both oral and other infections.
Best Way To Clean Dentures
- Use a denture brush or toothbrush suitable for false teeth
- Use toothpaste suitable for dentures
- Rinse dentures thoroughly after cleaning
- Use mouthwash
Dentures can be soaked in a denture bath using the correct cleaning products. Always follow instructions on rinsing the teeth after using these products.
You can also use a sonic cleaner to thoroughly clean your false teeth, but again always follow manufacturer’s instructions.
You might also prefer to use an electric or sonic toothbrush to clean your teeth and dentures.
It’s easy to let things slide with oral hygiene, but bad breath can cause huge embarrassment, especially if you are on the dating scene and wearing false teeth.
It only takes a short time each day to make sure your mouth and dentures are clean, and you can dramatically reduce your dentist’s bills by simply taking care of your mouth, teeth, and gums.
Other Tips To Freshen Breath
Remember that a lot of bad breath can be caused by decaying food lodged in between teeth, so if you still have some of your own teeth left, or denture implants, they could be contributing to the problem.
Most halitosis sufferers are advised to floss after every meal, as well as during their teeth cleaning regime. They are also often advised to avoid foods which make the breath smell bad, or thoroughly clean their mouth and teeth after eating such things.
- Sucking most types of mints will leave your breath fresher, but sugar free will be kinder to any existing natural teeth you may have.
- Don’t forget that dental crowns often cover a portion of your natural tooth, and that tooth is still vulnerable to tooth decay. So, sugar free mint options should be the best choice for those with crowns and denture implants.
- You can get sugar free chewing gum that is made to freshen breath and it’s suitable for denture wearers too. However, there’s nothing worse than bad breath caused by dirty dentures, so don’t forget to clean them every day.