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Do You Know How to Manage Denture Odors?

Posted on 7/10/2019 by Front Desk
Do You Know How to Manage Denture Odors?Without a doubt, getting dentures will change your life for the better. You will be able to once again enjoy the foods that you may have been forced to give up. What's more, your self-confidence will be boosted, and you will find it easier to speak correctly.

However, there are some issues you need to be aware of. One of them is the matter of the odors that your dentures can develop as time passes. Fortunately, denture odors are very manageable, and with some proper maintenance, you can stop this from ever becoming a problem for you.

Maintaining Your Dentures is a Start

Of course, you likely already know that you have to clean your dentures every bit as diligently as you cleaned your natural teeth. They must be brushed on a regular basis, and at night you should soak them in a disinfectant before placing them in water overnight. However, maintaining your dentures, while vital, is not in and of itself going to be sufficient to prevent denture odors.

The Next Step
In addition to cleaning your dentures, you must take a few more steps. Be sure to remove your dentures and brush both the inside and outside. Then, using a soft bristle toothbrush, gently clean your gum tissue where the dentures sit. Keep in mind that this area of your mouth is going to be an area where bacteria multiply due to the fact that it is (usually) protected from the cleansing rinse that your saliva provides. Because of this, you must be very diligent to clean this part of your gum tissue.

Once you have cleaned your gum tissue with a toothbrush you should consider using a gentle disinfecting mouthwash. The mouthwash will really get into all the areas where bacteria hide, making short work of the odor-causing bugs. This will help keep your mouth smelling fresh and clean.
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