Imagine a situation where you're visiting with a close friend and sharing a few laughs, suddenly, you realize that you have incredibly bad breath. Mortified by this, you excuse yourself and try to find a quick remedy.
Halitosis is dreaded by everyone, even people who wear dentures. The good news is that it can be avoided. Today we'll look at how to care for your dentures and your oral health and avoid that embarrassing situation mentioned earlier.
Dentures Are Just Like Teeth
Dentures are just like teeth in that they collect plaque, tartar and even food particles just like your natural teeth do. Daily cleaning can help to remove the plaque and tartar build up simply by using over the counter cleansers and brushing them like you would normally brush your own teeth.
Since you're removing your teeth to clean them, it can be easy to forget about the things that you previously did to avoid bad breath. Once your dentures are clean and set aside to soak for the night, don't forget to brush your gums and tongue. Halitosis can be caused by plaque and bacteria build up on your tongue and in your mouth so don't neglect these areas.
Using the right denture adhesive can also help prevent halitosis. If your dentures are ill-fitting or not secured tightly in your mouth, food can become lodged in between your gums and your dentures, this can cause odors.
Don't skip your checkups with our office either! We will help you care for your dentures and make sure that they're still fitting correctly. If you care for them properly and still suffering from chronic halitosis, please call us right away so that we can check for any other potential problems. Our skilled staff will be happy to check things out and make sure that your oral health is in tip top shape!