Clearing the Air: Why Your Dentures May Be Full of Funk

January 12, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — lakenona @ 2:35 pm
Older woman using mouthwash to try to freshen her dentures

Have you noticed a funky smell coming from your dentures lately? Many patients with dentures run into this issue from time to time, which can be both embarrassing and concerning. If you’re ready to leave these odors behind and learn a bit about denture care, continue reading. You’ll learn some common reasons behind denture odors and how to solve the issue.

Dry Mouth

Dry mouth is a common condition among denture wearers and can be one of several contributing factors to bad breath. Saliva is necessary for flushing away bacteria and food particles from the mouth.

Without an adequate saliva flow, bacteria can stick to your mouth and multiply which is a recipe for bad breath. To ensure more saliva, stay hydrated throughout the day and avoid things like alcohol and saltines.

Wearing Dentures Overnight

Dentures need to be removed every night before bed for the best oral care. While you may find it preferable to wear them while you sleep, the consequence is often smelly prosthetics. Even if you brush your dentures well and rinse before going to bed, there could still be food particles and bacteria trapped between your denture and your gums.

As food breaks down, it releases sulfuric compounds that contribute to the foul smell of bad breath. So, be sure to remove your dentures, clean them, and leave them soaking in a glass of cool water overnight.

Poor Oral Hygiene

Just like natural teeth, dentures require regular cleaning to remove food particles, plaque, and bacteria. If you neglect proper hygiene, bacterial growth begins. This leads to bad smells that can linger for days. Make sure to clean your dentures daily using a soft-bristled brush and denture cleaner recommended by your dentist. It’s also a good idea to brush your gums, pallet, and tongue.

So, smelly dentures can be caused by a variety of factors, including poor oral hygiene, food residue, and dry mouth. By practicing good denture hygiene, staying hydrated, and taking your dentures out before bed, you can combat bad breath and enjoy fresh-smelling dentures. If odor problems continue despite your efforts, don’t hesitate to consult your dentist for further evaluation and guidance. Smile happy, and live fresh!

About the Practice

If you’re looking for highly qualified dentists to help with all your denture needs, the team at Lake Nona Dental Group has what you need. They’re proud of the friendly and warm atmosphere they’ve built and the modern dental technology they use to revitalize smiles. Whether you need a new denture or to have an old one relined, you’re in good hands. Call (407) 277-1779 to schedule a denture consultation or visit the website to see other services.