At Home Remedies For Cleaning Your Dentures
Dentures provide individuals with the ability to speak and eat properly, not to mention, they improve one’s smile. In order to continue functioning this way, they must fit the mouth comfortably. A consistent denture hygiene practice is a great way to begin caring for your dentures. However, when it comes to tough stins, you might notice that extra steps need to be taken to remove them.
Luckily, there are some easy steps you can take to make sure your dentures are free of bacteria and stains.
Proper Steps For Cleaning Your Dentures
- Be sure to clean your mouth with a soft bristled toothbrush every time you remove your dentures in order to eliminate any food particles or cleansers
- After you eat, rinse your dentures with water to remove any excess food.
- If you won’t be wearing your dentures for a long period of time, place them in a glass of water to keep them from drying out.
- Just like your normal teeth, dentures can get a buildup of plaque. So, be sure to brush your dentures daily with a soft bristled toothbrush to remove bacteria, plaque and food deposits.
- Toothpaste might damage your dentures. Use a specialty non-abrasive denture cleaner instead.
- Prevent stains by soaking your dentures in a denture cleanser overnight.
What Happens If You Stop Cleaning Your Dentures?
If you don’t clean and take care of your dentures, your oral health can suffer leading to infections and illness. Just likle your natural teeth, dentures are coated with bacteria. Some of those bacterial strains can be dangerous to your health if it is not properly managed. Some strains of bacteria can lead to infections in the gums and in severe cases, lead to pneumonia and MRSA. That is why it is so important to keep your dentures clean, especially for older patients who are more susceptible to these conditions.
Cleaning Your Dentures For Whitening
Use Hydrogen Peroxide
You can easily whiten your dentures at home by using straight hydrogen peroxide. Just coat them with the solution and brush gently with a soft bristled tooth brush.
Baking Soda As A Denture Whitener
Cleaning and whitening your dentures with a simple baking soda solution is a popular and inexpensive option for removing odors and stains from dentures. Simply mix equal parts water and baking soda and gently brush with a soft bristled toothbrush.
Specialty Denture Cleansers
There are over the counter bleaching and cleaning products available that are specially made only for dentures. Carefully follow the directions on the package and soak your dentures overnight to give them a thorough cleaning. It is important to note that these whitening products arte not to be confused with actual bleach, which can severely damage your dentures.
Call For A Professional Cleaning
If you are not getting the cleaning and whitening results you want at home, call The Dental and Denture Care Center and make an appointment for cleaning your dentures professionally. Ideally, this should be done a couple of times a year anyway. It only takes a few minutes for our denture experts to whiten your dentures and restore them to their original state.
Are There Thing To Avoid When Cleaning Your Dentures?
- Avoid using hot water on your dentures because it can actually warp your dentures and make them uncomfortable.
- Avoid using products and chemicals that contain actual bleach. They can dmage your dentures and change the color. Be sure to use whitening products specifically formulated for dentures.
- Abrasive cleaners and hard bristled toothbrushes can cause damage to your dentures. Avoid regular toothpaste and household cleaners.
Consistently Cleaning Your Dentures Is Key To Good Oral Health
Keeping your dentures clean is easy but takes daily commitment. Clean your dentures with regular brushing, rinsing, night soaking and regular visits to our office. A regular denture hygeine routine can give your dentures a long life and will ensure you have a happy and healthy smile for years to come.
If you have questions about cleaning your dentures, please call The Dental and Denture Care Center at (352) 848-1050 or contact us through our website here to ask your questions. Our team of denture experts are here to give you the best smile of your life and we are here to help.