If you have ever experienced a cavity or halitosis, you are certainly not alone, since millions of Americans suffer from both each year. But what do you really know about these conditions? And are you aware of how they're connected?
Researchers from the U.S. and Brazil recently asked questions like these to 127 elderly patients who had begun to lose their teeth. The results indicated that people with removable partial dentures tend to have a mixed knowledge of the causes, signs and symptoms of bad breath, gingivitis and periodontal disease.
The report appears in the journal Gerodontology. The team found that only an estimated two-thirds of participants had formerly received information about oral health care. While 76 percent of aging participants said they knew what cavities meant for their dental health, only 35 percent could say the same about plaque buildup.
Furthermore, only 2 percent knew that bad breath can be a sign of gum disease or periodontitis. For individuals with partial dentures, it is important to keep oral appliances and remaining teeth clean.
Using a toothbrush, a denture cleaning tablet and a specialty breath freshener may be a good way to go about it.