If you wear dentures and have noticed that you often have bad breath, then you should know there are some easy solutions for this common problem. While you cannot completely get rid of offensive breath odors if you eat foods such as onions and curry, you absolutely can eliminate the bad breath that comes from bacteria inside of your mouth by using these tips:
Tip: Always Soak Your Dentures in Cleanser When They Are Outside of Your Mouth
When your dentures are not inside of your mouth they should always be soaking in denture cleaner. This is very important to prevent your dentures from drying out and cracking. However, it is also important because it kills the bacteria that cause bad breath.
Tip: Thoroughly Brush Any Remaining Teeth, Gums, and Tongue
If you wear partial dentures, then you should brush your existing teeth at least twice each day. You should brush them first thing in the morning before you put your dentures in, and you should brush them just before going to bed at night. If you do not have any remaining teeth, then you should still brush your mouth during these times. As you brush, you must remove the surface bacteria from your gums and tongue.
Tip: Use an Antibacterial Mouthwash
In addition to soaking your dentures and brushing well, you should also use an antibacterial mouthwash if you are prone to bad breath. When you purchase the mouthwash, make sure that it is one that has antibacterial properties, such as Listerine. Follow the directions on the bottle to rinse your mouth and gargle with the mouthwash each time you brush your teeth.
If you have problems with bad breath during the middle of the day, then you should brush and rinse your mouth after eating lunch as well.
Tip: Speak to Your Dentist About Your Concerns
If you have tried the tips above and are still having issues with frequent bad breath, then you should speak with your dentist about your concerns. Bad breath is a common problem dental professionals deal with every day, and this is nothing to be embarrassed about. Finally, it is important to talk with your dentist because there are medical problems that can cause bad breath, and your dentist may suggest you see your internal medicine physician for an examination if they suspect this to be the case.
For more information, contact local professionals like those found at Pacific Ave Dental/Allan L. Hablutzel, DDS.