We certainly don't think that just using mouthwash makes the most effective choice for controlling denture breath.

We don't doubt that you do notice an improvement after using an antiseptic rinse. But we anticipate that much of this effect is probably more associated with masking and perfuming agents it contains rather than effectively controlling the bacteria that cause breath odors.

As we describe above, to be really effective it takes mechanical cleansing of your gums (brushing, wiping with gauze) and tongue (brushing, scraping), along with mechanical denture cleaning (brushing, using an ultrasonic cleaner) combined with the use of a soak to effectively control the level of bacteria in your mouth that cause halitosis.

Mouthwash is generally considered a surface treatment, in the sense that it only has an effect on the bacteria that live on the surface layer of the debris buildup that has formed. Also, we're assuming that you do remove your dentures as part of your rinsing routine. Otherwise the bacterial living in between your denture and supporting gum tissue would be little affected.

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