Can Crowns And Veneers Cause Bad Breath?

Regardless of how they've aesthetically improved your smile, veneers or crowns that are not fitted properly can be more susceptible to bacteria and may be to blame for bad breath.

Any void in the crown or veneer margin can harbor odor-producing bacteria. The same holds true for veneers or crowns that do not fit the tooth perfectly and are overbuilt. Food particles become trapped beneath the gum tissue and break down into plaque that contains bacteria, as well.

In addition to talking to your dentist about fit concerns, you'll want to practice proper oral care in order to keep bad breath at bay. When flossing veneers, make sure you go on top of the veneer, where it meets the tooth structure.

Additionally, veneers should be brushed with toothpastes that dissolve the protein pellicle chemically rather than through abrasion.
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Rebecca Cat
Drink lemon water. Add real lemon to water & drink all day. Lemon kills bacteria & thus kills bad breath.
Posted January 20, 2014 6:31 PM EST
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mud!
i have bad breath.... hate my life
Posted July 30, 2013 10:20 AM EDT
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wendy
I have baaaad breath also and have 3 crowns... just got a deep cleaning on one side and going back for the finish... my denist has also suggested as part of the process at the end, taking an impression and having a cup for both top and bottom of my mouth, 3 times a day filled with a mixture of peroxide and penicillin to kill the bacteria and get my receeding gums back to as normal as possible. Does this sound right? It's costing some pretty big bucks!
Posted November 23, 2012 9:15 AM EST
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barb
i told my dentist i have an odor from my front caps and she said their is no problem. i've tried everything to mask it and nothing helps, my family noticed i have an odor, so much for spending $1800 and i have a worse problem then before i had these caps put on.
Posted October 08, 2012 8:58 PM EDT
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Dr. Ronald Goldstein
Cosmetic Dentists - Atlanta, GA
One of the best ways to determine if your veneer is leaking or not sealed correctly is to look at the veneer at the gum margin...a dark shadow or black tint is usually indicative of a defect at the margin. Although it is sometimes possible to repair these areas most times it will require replacement of the veneer. The other area where leakage or a void can take place is in between the teeth where the junction of the veneer meets the tooth. This is also an area where stains can occur especially over time. The third area of concern for bad breath and bacteria accumulation occurs when the veneer is overbuilt at the gum margin and does not fit properly. If your gums do not look healthy in this area ask your dentist to check to make sure the veneer is not overbuilt. If so it is not too difficult to reshape the porcelain in this area to make sure your tissue heals well.
Posted January 10, 2011 7:54 AM EST
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andy
I have a crown on my front incisor.I often find when using an interdental brush that the crown section sometimes has a bit of a whiff between the teeth, when the rest of my teeth are ok
Posted January 05, 2011 5:13 AM EST
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