Age is most often the cause of someone needing full or partial dentures. Several things determine how soon a person may need to have these, besides the age factor. If a person grew up without regular dental care or lived in a family where candy was not limited and brushing teeth was not encouraged then a person could lose their teeth early on and need to get at least a partial plate denture. Whatever the case may be, if you are in position where you will probably be in need of this type of assistance, you should begin your search now for a good dentist if you do not have one yet.
You may not have a dentist, and that could be your biggest problem and one of the reasons you will need to have your teeth pulled for dentures or have already lost teeth. If you are a young person and can afford it, you might consider alternatives to dentures like dental implants. If cost is an issue though, as a young person, be assured that you will not end up with a set of wooden teeth. These replacements are made to fit the structure of your face as well as the color of teeth that best fits you.
As you begin your search for a dentist, you should ask those you know because reputation is very important in the medical field. Some people may come up with silly complaints, but you should be able to see through that or consider the source. Looking on the internet for dental websites is another option. You can then take the names of the dentists and offices you find and look for review websites that have reviews listed for them.
Also important in your search is finding a dentist and staff that are there for the patient. You will not want to go to a dentist where the receptionist treats you as if you are interrupting her personal call or email. They should be there for the patient. Along with this, you will want to be sure and consult with each prospective dentist. You should explain your concerns about what you need to have done asking any questions about getting teeth pulled if that is what you need to have done. You should also ask to see samples of the various dentures that they can use. The dentist should listen to your concerns and respond at your level.
With the dentist, cost can be an issue especially if you do not have dental insurance. Because of this, you will want to find a dentist that offers financing if you do not have access to insurance.
Whether you lost quite a few teeth years ago or are having them all pulled, you have likely realized the necessity of getting dentures. If you have started your search for the right dentist to care for you, then you are doing the right thing. If you have not yet started your search, then you can still start today. You will feel more confident once you have taken care of this issue in your life.
Frequently Asked Questions
What's the best solution for denture bad breath?
I have an upper denture, and wish I had a solution to the bad breath/dry mouth problem. Gum or candy helps, but I am sometimes at places (like schools) where I'm not able or allowed to just suck on those whenever I want.
Try NuvoraBreath... Not any mouth freshener can get rid of bad breath since most mouth fresheners only mask bad breath. Therefore, there is no use in having those fresheners. But certain products like, NuvoraBreath keep the mouth clean and fresh by killing the very bacteria that causes bad breath.
If I am having bad breath, can I smell my bad breath when speaking to a person ?
I have on many occassions smelt bad breath when speaking to some people. I would wish to know whether the bad breath was from me or from the other person. Can I smell my own breath, if I am the guilty one ? Can certain situations cause people to produce bad breath e.g. when you are tense, anxious, selfconscious etc. ? I think so, as I have experienced it. Help on this appreciated. Thanks.
Bad breath is the common name for halitosis. Bad breath is a medical problem where there is foul odor of the breath. Occasional bad breath can be experienced by most adults. The individual's life, professionally and socially can significantly be affected by bad breath.
Bad breath condition can be caused by numerous problems. What contributes to the foul odor of the mouth are oral diseases, food particles that get stuck to the teeth, sinus infections, dry mouth and dentures that are unclean. Bad breath can also originate from the stomach or the intestines but this is in rare cases. Smoking cigars can also be one culprit to cause bad breath.
Effective bad breath treatment is to treat the primary cause of the condition. Poor oral hygiene should be improved to be able to prevent any cause of bad breath. Improving dental hygiene may entail one to brush, floss teeth, have regular dental check ups and cleanings. Adequate amounts of water should be taken in so as to avoid dryness in the mouth.
Depending on the cause of bad breath, alternative treatments can be used. When the cause of the bad breath is bad bacteria, it should be eliminated using an all natural approach like OraMD, it has essential oils that can safely and effectively banish bad breath causing agents.
What do I do about a bad breath problem?
Lately I ve been noticing that I ll have bad breath frequently. I know it s not from eating something because it ll show up even if I don t eat something. But, essentially, I ll wake up with pretty bad breath in the morning and then if I brush my teeth not long after, it may return not long after that. But even if I eat something and then brush my teeth and go to class (what I usually do), by noon or so I ll notice that I have bad breath again (usually I just notice a bitter taste in my mouth) and my breath has kind of a bitter/rubbery smell to it.
I know it is a lot but I felt I should include this information from the Mayo Clinic. Bad breath can be caused by so many different things not only oral hygiene. You complain of bitterness in your mouth and you don't think it is from foods but, could it be from medicines or vitamins that you may be taking? Are you having alot of heart burn or acid reflux? Read below of all the possible causes and what you should do. Start by seeing your dentist and possibly then your doctor.
I hope this helps.
Certified Expanded Duty Dental Assistant
Certain foods, health conditions and habits are among the causes of bad breath. In many cases, you can improve bad breath with consistent proper dental hygiene. If simple self-care techniques don't solve the problem, see your dentist or physician to be sure a more serious condition isn't causing your bad breath.
If you have bad breath, review your oral hygiene habits. Try making lifestyle changes, such as brushing your teeth and tongue after eating, using dental floss, and drinking plenty of water.
If your bad breath persists after making such changes, see your dentist. If your dentist suspects a more serious condition is causing your bad breath, he or she may refer you to a physician to find the cause of the odor.
Most bad breath starts in your mouth, and there are many possible causes. They include:
Food. The breakdown of food particles in and around your teeth can increase bacteria and cause a foul odor. Eating certain foods, such as onions, garlic, and other vegetables and spices, also can cause bad breath. After you digest these foods, they enter your bloodstream, are carried to your lungs and affect your breath.
Tobacco products. Smoking causes its own unpleasant mouth odor. Smokers and oral tobacco users are also more likely to have gum disease, another source of bad breath.
Poor dental hygiene. If you don't brush and floss daily, food particles remain in your mouth, causing bad breath. A colorless, sticky film of bacteria (plaque) forms on your teeth and if not brushed away, plaque can irritate your gums (gingivitis) and eventually form plaque-filled pockets between your teeth and gums (periodontitis). The uneven surface of the tongue also can trap bacteria that produce odors. And dentures that aren't cleaned regularly or don't fit properly can harbor odor-causing bacteria and food particles.
Dry mouth. Saliva helps cleanse your mouth, removing particles that may cause bad odors. A condition called dry mouth also known as xerostomia (zeer-o-STOE-me-ah) can contribute to bad breath because production of saliva is decreased. Dry mouth naturally occurs during sleep, leading to "morning breath," and is made worse if you sleep with your mouth open. Some medications can lead to a chronic dry mouth, as can a problem with your salivary glands and some diseases.
Infections in your mouth. Bad breath can be caused by surgical wounds after oral surgery, such as tooth removal, or as a result of tooth decay, gum disease or mouth sores.
Other mouth, nose and throat conditions. Bad breath can occasionally stem from small stones that form in the tonsils and are covered with bacteria that produce odorous chemicals. Infections or chronic inflammation in the nose, sinuses or throat, which can contribute to postnasal drip, also can cause bad breath.
Medications. Some medications can indirectly produce bad breath by contributing to dry mouth. Others can be broken down in the body to release chemicals that can be carried on your breath.
Other causes. Diseases, such as some cancers, and conditions such as metabolic disorders, can cause a distinctive breath odor as a result of chemicals they produce. Chronic reflux of stomach acids (gastroesophageal reflux disease) can be associated with bad breath. Bad breath in young children may be caused by a foreign body, such as a small toy or piece of food, lodged in a nostril.
What makes your teeth whiter and helps your breath smell good?
Are there any good mouth washes or toothpastes that work good and make your teeth whiter? Also what helps with bad breath? Any special mouth wash or toothpaste?
Most cases (85 90%), bad breath originates in the mouth itself. The intensity of bad breath differs during the day, due to eating certain foods (such as garlic, onions, meat, fish, and cheese), obesity, smoking, and alcohol consumption. Since the mouth is exposed to less oxygen and is inactive during the night, the odor is usually worse upon awakening ("morning breath"). Bad breath may be transient, often disappearing following eating, brushing one's teeth, flossing, or rinsing with specialized mouthwash.
The most common location is the tongue. Tongue bacteria produce malodorous compounds and fatty acids, and account for 80 to 90 percent of all cases of mouth-related bad breath
Cleaning the tongue
The most widely-known reason to clean the tongue is for the control of bad breath. Methods used against bad breath, such as mints, mouth sprays, mouthwash or gum, may only temporarily mask the odors created by the bacteria on the tongue, but cannot cure bad breath because they do not remove the source of the bad breath. In order to prevent the production of the sulfur-containing compounds mentioned above, the bacteria on the tongue must be removed, as must the decaying food debris present on the rear areas of the tongue. Most people who clean their tongue use a tongue cleaner (tongue scraper), or a toothbrush.
There are over 600 types of bacteria found in the average mouth.
Other parts of the mouth may also contribute to the overall odor, but are not as common as the back of the tongue. These locations are, in order of descending prevalence: inter-dental and sub-gingival niches, faulty dental work, food-impaction areas in between the teeth, abscesses, and unclean dentures.Oral based lesions caused by viral infections like Herpes Simplex and HPV may also contribute to bad breath.
Advanced periodontal disease is a common cause. Waste products from the anaerobic bacteria growing below the gumline (subgingival) have a foul smell and have been clinically demonstrated to produce a very intense bad breath. Removal of the . tartar or hard plaqueand friable tissue has been shown to improve mouth odor considerably.
In this occurrence, the air exiting the nostrils has a pungent odor that differs from the oral odor. Nasal odor may be due to sinus infections or foreign bodies.
small bits of calcified matter in tonsillar crypts called tonsilloliths that smell extremely foul when released and can cause bad breath.
very uncommon source of bad breath. The esophagus is a closed and collapsed tube, and continuous flow (as opposed to a simple burp) of gas or putrid substances from the stomach indicates a health problem such as reflux serious enough to be bringing up stomach contents or a fistula between the stomach and the esophagus which will demonstrate more serious manifestations than just foul odor.
1. Fetor hepaticus: an example of a rare type of bad breath caused by chronic liver failure.
2. Lower respiratory tract infections (bronchial and lung infections).
3. Renal infections and renal failure.
5. Diabetes mellitus.
1. Gently cleaning the tongue surface twice daily is the most effective way to keep bad breath in control; that can be achieved using a tooth brush, tongue cleaner or tongue brush/scraper to wipe off the bacterial biofilm, debris, and mucus. Scraping or otherwise damaging the tongue should be avoided, and scraping of the V-shaped row of taste buds found at the extreme back of the tongue should also be avoided. Brushing a small amount of antibacterial mouth rinse or tongue gel onto the tongue surface will further inhibit bacterial action.
2. Eating a healthy breakfast with rough foods helps clean the very back of the tongue.
3. Chewing gum: Since dry-mouth can increase bacterial buildup and cause or worsen bad breath, chewing sugarless gum can help with the production of saliva, and thereby help to reduce bad breath. Chewing may help particularly when the mouth is dry, or when one cannot perform oral hygiene procedures after meals.
4. Gargling right before bedtime with an effective mouthwash.
5. Maintaining proper oral hygiene, including daily tongue cleaning, brushing, flossing, and periodic visits to dentists and hygienists. Flossing is particularly important in removing rotting food debris and bacterial plaque from between the teeth, especially at the gum line.
Mouthwashes often contain antibacterial agents including cetylpyridinium chloride, chlorhexidine (which can cause temporary staining of the teeth), zinc gluconate, essential oils, and chlorine dioxide. Zinc and chlorhexidine provide strong synergistic effect. They may also contain alcohol, which is a drying agent.
How do you know if your breath stinks?
brush my teeth all the time, every 6 months to dentist, floss and use mouth wash. at times breath is not too pleasant. How do you know what the cause for the bad breath and sometimes cant smell it but others can , is there a self test for breath?
u should ask for consult since halitosis (bad breath) may be a manifestation of an underlying problem
Following is a list of causes or underlying conditions that could possibly cause Halitosis includes:
Practical reasons for bad breath odor include:
Psychogenic halitosis - anxiety about halitosis often without actually having it.
Poor dental hygiene
Tooth infections (type of Dental conditions)
Mouth breathing (see Breathing symptoms)
Throat conditions (type of Neck conditions)
Certain infections of the respiratory system including:
Respiratory tract infections
Certain lung diseases
Certain chronic lung diseases
Certain metabolic or hormonal disorders:
Liver failure - causes sweet-smelling breath.
Diabetic ketoacidosis - a life-threating condition causing a characteristic fruity or acetone breath odor.
Uremia - breath smells urine-like or ammonia-like.
Kidney failure - causing uremia and ammonia-like or urine-like breath odor.
Certain types of poisoning
See also symptoms of bad breath
More causes: see full list of causes for Halitosis
TopCauses of Halitosis (Diseases Database):
The follow list shows some of the possible medical causes of Halitosis that are listed by the Diseases Database:
Methionine adenosyltransferase deficiency
Source: Diseases Database
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Halitosis: Differential Diagnosis
(In a Page: Signs and Symptoms)
Head and neck etiologies
Foods (e.g., onion, garlic)
Dental conditions (periodontal disease, gingivitis, denture odor, dental abscesses, food particles not cleaned from teeth)
Dry mouth (xerostomia): Mouth breathing, side effect of medications, salivary gland disease, dehydration
Nasal foreign body
Gastroesophageal reflux disease
Tonsillar disease (e.g., streptococcal pharyngitis)
Zenker's (pharyngoesophageal) diverticulum: Presents as dysphagia, regurgitation, cough, and extreme halitosis
Tobacco or alcohol use
Diabetes mellitus, especially with ketoacidosis
Pulmonary disorders (e.g., bronchiectasis, pneumonia, neoplasms, tuberculosis)
Trimethylaminuria (fishy breath odor)
Liver failure (fetor hepaticus)
Menstruation may exacerbate halitosis