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Ask Dr. Gott 2/20

Clean dentures regularly for fresh breath

DEAR DR. GOTT: In my work with seniors, I have noted that many are negligent of oral hygiene. Because of a loss of the sense of smell, some will deny the necessity of removing the denture plate to cleanse the gums. I have encountered several elderly folks who believe a swish of water in the morning will remove residue left on and under the full or partial plate. Halitosis is very offensive and very difficult to address. I am concerned about the social aspect, also. My understanding and instruction about bacteria and halitosis caused by these factors is going unheard ...

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