HOW TO CLEAN DENTURES AT HOME
That morning one gentleman came, complaining of burning pain in the mouth. Later on, he realized he could have prevented it by just cleaning the dentures at home.
Is your denture stinks?
Does your denture have stains?
What if you don’t clean the dentures?
Denture plaque contributes the leading factor to inflammation of palatal mucosa.
People with unclean dentures shows denture sore mouth and fungal infection (Candidiasis).
Denture plaque is just like dental plaque on natural teeth and is a breeding ground for bacteria.
How to clean dentures at home?
5 easy steps-
Remove the denture-
The first step you need to do is remove both the dentures.
If you find difficulty in removing the dentures, especially when you are using denture adhesives- fill your mouth with warm water and do a swishing movement to loosen it. You may have to do it a couple of times until dentures are loose.
Wash denture adhesive-
Once you removed dentures, it is important that you wash the entire denture adhesive that is stick to it from inside. Brush denture with hot water and toothpaste.
You can put dentures in ice water. Once adhesive hardens, you can pluck off denture adhesive.
Clean dentures –
You don’t necessarily need to buy expensive denture cleansers. You can clean dentures at home using-
Vinegar and water: Take equal quantity of vinegar and water and soak dentures in the solution for 10-30 minutes. Brush them thoroughly as soaking alone won’t remove all the debris. Always use a moist soft bristle brush, dry bristle brush may form scratch on the polished surface of a denture. You will find not only clean denture but even stains and plaque are removed.
Baking soda and water: Put one teaspoon of baking soda in 8 ounces of water, soak dentures for 30 minutes and rinse thoroughly.
Baking soda and glycerin: make your own toothpaste using glycerin, baking soda, and salt. Make sure to take finely grounded salt. You can add mint or essential oil to flavor it.
Antibacterial detergent or soap: if you don’t have any of the above ingredients, you can simply clean dentures by brushing with antibacterial detergent or liquid soap and warm water.
Remove smoking stains-
If you add one teaspoon of Calgon water softener (calcium-chelating agent) into 1 part of bleach and 10 part of water and soak it for 3-10 minutes. Brushing it thoroughly removes the tartar or any mineral deposits.
Disinfecting the denture-
Cleaning only is not enough; you should disinfect it to cease the bacteria from breeding.
Bleach and water- equal proportions of bleach and water is a good disinfectant but in long term use, it discolors the denture.
Though, vinegar can be used to disinfect dentures but is less effective.
Antibacterial mouthwash: soaking dentures in antibacterial mouthwash is effective against bacteria inhabiting denture surfaces. People don’t use it because they don’t like the unpleasant taste of mouthwash.
How to clean dentures fast and quick?
The fastest and quickest way to clean denture is by using denture cleansers.
Efferdent denture cleanser: Efferdent Denture Cleanser fights against plaque and kills odor-causing bacteria. After cleaning with Efferdent, dentures are fresh.
No wonder denture wearers feel confident when they use Efferdent Denture Cleanser
Polident denture cleanser: If you are looking for a thorough clean but prefer not to soak overnight, then Polident’s 3-Minute Denture Cleanser may be the right product for you. It just takes 3 minutes to get cleaning work right away without any scratch. It can also remove coffee stains. They even have denture cleansers for smokers. To try this product, you can click here.
Secure cleansing tablets: Put one tablet in a glass of water and place your denture above the tablet inside water. Leave it overnight. Rinse your denture in running water before using it.
Ultrasonic cleaning of denture
Not only the dentures, maintaining proper cleaning of mouth is a must.
You should massage your gums to stimulate the blood flow and brushing using a soft bristle brush.
Also, make a habit of warm salt water rinse every time you take out dentures.
Brush your tongue daily.
You can also rub a thin layer of fresh Aloe Vera gel on your gums. If you have a yeast infection, you can use grapefruit seed extract and grape seed oil.
To know more about denture problems, check out the latest blog post.