Dentures are an essential part of many people's lives, they provide confidence and necessary support, but it is possible for your dentures to develop an odor if you are not careful. Cleaning with a brush can significantly reduce the odors, but that is only one part of the solution; keep reading to discover the root cause of dental odors, as well as some things that your can do to eliminate them.
More Than a Scrubbing
It might be a little unsettling to notice an unwanted smell emanating from your mouth, but it is a warning sign that not all is right, and could be the result of your dentures developing an odor. Denture odor is caused by bacteria building-up on your dentures; while a major reason for this is because you are not properly brush-cleaning your dentures, it is important to know that you need to be doing even more than that to keep the odors at bay.
The following is a list of procedures that you can do to make sure that bacterial growth is kept to a minimum so that it does not lead to unwanted odors. Take your dentures out and soak them in a denture cleaner overnight; this is necessary because bacteria grow very quickly while you sleep, and because soaking is an essential process that removes almost 100% of the bacteria. Always clean them very well with a soft-bristle brush before putting them in for the day. Make sure to clean your mouth multiple times per day to keep them clean and less likely to transfer bacteria to your dentures. It is very important that you not only clean your teeth and gums, but that you also clean the roof and base of your mouth as well as your tongue; an antiseptic mouthwash will also help kill bacteria in places that you missed and decrease their growth rate.
We hope that we have helped you to realize that there is more that you can do to keep your dentures free from odors. Please call our office for more information, or to schedule an appointment.