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Do Your Dentures Stink? Correcting Denture Halitosis

Posted on 11/13/2016 by Sergio Ortegon
A pair of dentures floating inside of a glass jar.
Getting dentures is a significant step for most people: instead of using and caring for your natural teeth, you suddenly are tasked with learning how to use and care for prosthetics.

Additionally, because dentures may perform slightly differently than what you are used to, you may have a period of adjustment when it comes to both using and maintaining them.

Dentures Must Be Regularly Cleaned

Many people believe that dentures can be neglected in terms of hygiene and other maintenance. They know, of course, that neglecting their natural teeth can lead to problems in terms of decay and bad breath.

However, many people think that because dentures are synthetic-that is, they are not made of natural materials-they can be neglected when it comes to routine cleaning. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Your dentures need to be cleaned regularly, just like your natural teeth. What's more, it is not sufficient to simply place them in a glass of water overnight; rather, you need to ensure that you are engaging in proper denture hygiene practices.

Use Toothpaste on Your Dentures

Rather than settling for merely rinsing them with water, you should be sure to clean your dentures with a good brush and toothpaste, much like you would your natural teeth. Plaque can form on dentures just as it can on your natural teeth, and it is removed in the same exact way: by brushing thoroughly with a good toothbrush and toothpaste.

Of course, after you have cleaned your dentures, it's perfectly fine to soak them in clean water or a denture soaking solution. Doing so will help to ensure that they don't dry out and become uncomfortable or even unusable.

Getting dentures is a big step, but by taking care of them and practicing proper hygiene you can prevent denture halitosis.

Please contact us if you have any questions about your dentures.
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