Dentistry technology is rapidly developing, which is great news for patients with dental conditions such as missing teeth. Therefore, full dentures continue to improve despite having gone through many changes over the years. Thanks to high customisation capabilities, modern full dentures are nothing like what your grandparents used, which leads to a better fit and more comfort. However, no matter how bright your smile looks, it accounts for nothing if you have bad breath. This article highlights tips for preventing foul breath with full dentures.
Soak Full Dentures Everyday — Most people believe brushing their dentures is enough to remove food particles lodged between the artificial teeth. However, brushing dentures alone does not guarantee a fresh breath because your brush might not access hard-to-reach areas. Therefore, in addition to brushing, soak full dentures in a cleansing solution every night. First, soaking helps loosen stubborn debris overnight so that it easily comes off while brushing in the morning. Second, you risk losing the denture shape if you do not soak them regularly, leading to a poor fit. Third, a deformed denture allows food particles between the palate and denture base, resulting in bad breath. Therefore, soaking helps retain denture form and fit, ensuring a fresh breath.
Denture Adhesives — As mentioned earlier, soaking full dentures helps maintain their shape inside the mouth and prevents food particles from lodging underneath the base. However, simply soaking dentures does not guarantee a tight seal. The only way to guarantee a tight seal between the denture base and your palate is to use a denture adhesive. Denture adhesives are specially designed for oral application, and their sole purpose is to ensure a tight seal between your denture, gums and palate. Denture adhesives can be powders, pastes or adhesive pads, and you can buy them over the counter. Most importantly, you should know how much denture adhesive to use, and it is best to get guidance from a dentist. Ultimately, denture adhesives prevent bits of food particles from getting under the dentures and rotting without your knowledge.
Remove Dentures at Night — Wearing full dentures all day long all week is not healthy as far as oral breath goes. The mouth presents an excellent environment for bacterial growth, especially if you do not observe proper oral care. Therefore, it is advisable to remove full dentures every night to give your mouth and gums the much-needed rest and prevent bacteria growth. Removing full dentures allows you to clean your gums and palate properly before popping the dentures back into your fresh and clean mouth.
For more information on full dentures, contact a professional near you.