When you had your teeth removed, you might have thought that your days of dealing with bad breath were over. However, it is still possible to have bad breath when you have dentures. Luckily, though, following these three tips can help you avoid -- or get rid of -- this problem.
1. Clean Dentures Thoroughly Each Day
First of all, you'll need to keep your dentures thoroughly cleaned, which involves rinsing them off with a little bit of gentle soap and water a couple of times a day. Not only will this help get rid of any food debris or bacteria that might cause an unpleasant smell, but it will also help your dentures look better for longer, too, since it can help prevent them from becoming discolored.
2. Soak Them Overnight
If you aren't currently soaking your dentures in a denture cleaning solution every night while you sleep, it's a good idea to do so. Even though you can technically soak your dentures in water overnight if you prefer, using a denture cleaning tablet or solution instead can be a better choice. This gives your dentures even more of a chance to get clean, so you can worry less about bacteria and odors. Plus, taking your dentures out at night rather than sleeping in them can give your mouth a bit of a break, which can help prevent the mouth sores that are often associated with dentures and can provide you with more comfort while you're sleeping at night.
3. Use Mouthwash
When removing your dentures for cleaning or taking them out for the night, take a moment to swish a bit of mouthwash around your mouth. This can help get rid of any food particles that might have gotten stuck in your mouth while you were eating and can help get rid of bacteria. Along with helping to reduce the chance of bad breath, it can also cause your mouth to feel fresh and clean and can help prevent infections, sores and other oral issues that can come from food debris and bacteria that aren't cleaned away.
You shouldn't have to worry about bad breath when you have dentures, but if you ignore your dentures and don't follow the right cleaning and oral care routine, it could become an issue. Luckily, following these three tips should help you prevent this problem and should help prevent other oral-related issues that other denture-wearers sometimes face. You can find more info about denture care online or by visiting your oral specialist.