WHAT MAY CAUSE BAD BREATH WHILE WEARING DENTURES?
When you chew food, it’s not uncommon for tiny particles to become lodged between your gums and your dentures, too. The plaque caused by the lingering food can form a layer around the dentures, leading to unpleasant smells. Failing to clean your dentures every day can also cause bad breath due to a bacterial build-up, as can wearing your dentures all the time.
Tips for keeping your breath fresh
Use a denture adhesive
Denture adhesives can help prevent food from getting trapped underneath your dentures by creating a seal between your gums and dentures.
Follow a deep clean regime daily
By cleaning away the plaque and removing food debris every day, you’ll reduce the risk of bacterial build-up. All it takes to keep your dentures clean is three simple steps – soak, brush and rinse.
Carefully read all information provided with the product before use.
An effective way to clean dentures is to soak them in a specialist denture cleanser tablet, such as Polident. The Polident cleanser tablets remove* 99.9% of odour-causing bacteria.** Drop one tablet into enough very warm (not hot) water to cover your denture, and soak for the time specified on the product pack.
Next you should brush any remaining debris from your dentures with the cleansing solution using a soft-bristle toothbrush.
Once soaked and brushed, you should then rinse your dentures thoroughly under running water, and discard any remaining cleansing solution immediately after use.
Take your dentures out at night
Be sure to remove your dentures before you sleep to prevent bacteria from forming and growing overnight.
*When used as directed.
**In laboratory tests. Kiesow, A. et al. (2016) J. Prosthet. Dent. 115(2);189-98. Financial sponsor: Haleon.