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Why Do My Dentures Have an Unpleasant Smell?

May 2, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — lakeoconeedentistry @ 8:38 pm
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When people first get their dentures, they’re often thrilled with the state of their new teeth. Modern prosthetics are incredibly realistic and durable, affording you the ability to be your best self in nearly every circumstance.

However, patients might feel like things change a little bit over time—after a while, they might find that their prosthetics have developed an unpleasant smell. If you’re in this situation now, here’s what you should know about the reasons behind that.

Why Do My Dentures Smell?

Unfortunately, it’s fairly common for dentures patients to notice that their prosthetic has begun to pick up an unpleasant smell. However, that doesn’t mean that the problem is unavoidable.

Typically, the culprit is a buildup of bacteria on the surface of your prosthetic. If someone is inconsistent with their hygiene, it’s possible for bacteria to flourish to such an extent that it can be difficult to get rid of.

It might also be the case that you’re dealing with gum disease, leading to halitosis. This would mean that you could remove the smell from your dentures with thorough cleaning, but that the problem would return as soon as you put them on.

What Can I Do About My Smelly Dentures?

As you might have guessed, the first step is a thorough cleaning. You should brush your dentures thoroughly, then soak them in an antibacterial cleaning solution overnight. If this doesn’t do the trick on its own, you might also want to invest in an ultrasonic cleaning kit that can often clean your prosthetic more thoroughly than a simple cleaning solution. However, it may be a good idea to talk to your dentist before investing in a specialized cleaning product like this one.

Speaking of, it’s usually a good idea to consult a professional if you find that keeping your dentures clean is a struggle. They’ll be able to check the fit and form of your dentures, ensuring that there isn’t a problem with your prosthetic. They can also check the health of your gums and any remaining teeth, detecting and treating any gum disease that could be affecting the smell of your prosthetic. Keep these tips in mind, and your prosthetic will both look and smell incredible!

About Our Practice

Welcome to Lake Oconee Dentistry! We’re one of the largest dental practices in the Greensboro area, but that doesn’t mean that we’ve lost our personal touch. We work hard to ensure that the prosthetics that we make for people are designed to fit them perfectly. More than that, we form strong relationships with our patients that allows us to help them keep their oral health on track.

If you have any questions about denture care, we can be reached at our website or by phone at (706) 453-1333.