If you already wear dentures, you know how important it is to clean and sanitise them to prevent health problems. An unclean set will build up lots of sticky bacteria over time and transfer that bacteria into the wearer’s mouth. These uncleaned biofilms can lead to infections like staph or MRSA. They might also lead to health problems like periodontal disease.
If you already have a regimen for keeping your dentures clean, you’re on the right track. There are several different ways you can clean them. Here are the top four cleaning methods that we recommend. You can try these at home and protect the longevity of your beautiful smile:
Of course, the most common cleaning method will be commercial cleansers. With this method, dentures should be cleaned with a soft toothbrush dipped into the cleanser to remove bacteria, food, and any other deposits.
A non-abrasive denture cleaner is recommended, as it won’t wear them down or cause any unintentional bleaching. If you need a gentle denture cleanser recommendation, ask your dentist at your next cleaning or appointment.
If you run out of your denture cleanser, there’s no need to worry! You can use common household items to sanitise them.
All you need for this option is the microwave in your kitchen! This is because scientists have found that microwaving dentures can kill off any MRSA bacteria that are present. Simply microwave your set of dentures for three minutes each week.
It’s important to note that while this microwaving method will help to kill off bacteria, it’s not a comprehensive cleaning method. You should still brush the teeth with a cleaning solution as well.
Creating your own vinegar solution is another option. The acid present in vinegar makes it a great way to dissolve built-up tartar and plaque on the teeth.
If you want to try this method, combine equal parts of white distilled vinegar and lukewarm water. Place your dentures in a cup or bowl of the solution and allow them to sit for at least 30 minutes. For best results, you can even leave them to soak overnight. After removing the dentures, rinse them under clean water to wash off any residue.
Baking soda is another common household ingredient that does a good job of loosening up stubborn debris and bacteria from teeth. Use baking soda at home to create an all-natural toothpaste:
This is a popular natural method that you can use daily to keep your dentures nice and clean. As a bonus, it won’t leave the unsavory taste of vinegar in your mouth.
New to dentures? There’s a bit of a regimen that’s recommended to ensure your set stays nice and clean. For best results, follow this suggested care routine:
Beyond the cleaning regimen, what else does it take to guarantee healthy and long-lasting dentures? Follow these guidelines for denture care and keep this hardworking oral accessory in good shape:
If you’re unhappy with your current smile, talk to your dentist about the possibility of dentures. They can be a great way to improve your smile without an invasive procedure.