What Causes Denture Breath?
The main cause of denture breath is actually the dentures themselves. When you don’t properly clean your dentures, bacteria accumulates on your dentures and begins to smell. It’s the same as not brushing your teeth. When the bacteria isn’t removed, it smells. Bacteria can hide in small crevices or become trapped under the denture arch if you don’t remove and properly clean the dentures.
Acrylic dentures also have small surface pores. To your naked eye, your dentures might look smooth and solid. But under a microscope, they have tiny pores where food debris and bacteria can rest. Cleaning and brushing your dentures usually removes the debris and bacteria, but if you don’t brush well, the bacteria and debris remain, ready to make your breath stink.
If you’re not entirely sure if your dentures smell in the first place, remove them from your mouth and place them in a sealed plastic bag. After letting them rest for a few minutes, open the bag and take a whiff. If you smell an unpleasant odor, it’s clear that your dentures are part of the problem.
However, if your dentures don’t stink, it might actually be something in your mouth that’s causing the bad breath. If you don’t have any remaining teeth, then the smell is likely from an infection in your gums or other soft tissues in your mouth. It can also be from your tongue or gums if you don’t regularly clean these.
Older Ages Have More Bacteria in Their Mouths
As you age, your appearance does change, the inside of your body does too. Studies show that older people have higher counts of yeast and lactobacilli in their saliva. This is particularly true for patients who wear dentures. With age, more vigilant dental care is necessary but unfortunately, the older people get, the more they neglect their dental health.
Even if you wear dentures, you should still visit the dentist regularly to ensure your dentures fit properly and to ensure your mouth is clean and healthy. 57% of denture wearers either rarely or never get a routine check-up. This is one of the causes of bad denture breath. Without regular checkups, you might not know that your dentures are the cause of your bad breath. Your dentures might not fit correctly which can lead to mouth sores and infections too. When you have clean dentures that fit properly and fresh breath, you’ll feel more confident and you won’t have to worry about hiding your bad breath.
Preventing Bad Denture Breath
If you’ve got bad denture breath, don’t worry. With our tips, we’ll help you get back to clean and fresh breath in no time.