“A simple smile can change someone’s day.”
That’s easier said than done, especially when you are unsure of how to clean your dentures. Denture care might seem like a complicated task, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
Often referred to as “false teeth”, dentures are designed to offer relief from various oral health issues and help replace damaged teeth as well. They contain fake teeth, fake gums, and are custom designed to fit perfectly in your mouth.
However, using dentures means that you have to take extra care of your dental health. Just like normal teeth, your “fake teeth” also need regular care in order to avoid any kind of infection.
So, here are 7 easy and effective ways to clean your dentures by using simple home remedies.
1. Brushing dentures
This one is a no-brainer. You need to brush your dentures daily with a soft-bristled brush along with a mild soap or denture cleaner.
This allows you to get rid of food particles or adhesives that might be stuck in the dentures. Brush the whole surface and make sure to thoroughly clean the part that fits against your gums.
2. Eat and then rinse
After every meal, rinse and clean your dentures. This is because there is a high possibility that food bits or other loose particles might be stuck in them.
So, once you are done with your meal, remove your dentures and pour water over them. Also, if you have butterfingers, make sure to have a towel in the sink so that your dentures won’t get damaged even if you drop them.
3. Soaking them overnight
Different types of dentures are available in the market. Most of these dentures need to stay moist in order to maintain their shape.
So, before you go off to sleep, make sure to remove your dentures and soak them overnight. But, what do you soak dentures in? Well, you can soak them in warm water.
You can also use a mild denture-soaking solution for this as long as the dentures are not made of metal. Also, before you put your dentures back, make sure that you…
4. Rinse your mouth thoroughly
Taking care of your mouth is as essential as cleaning dentures. You can use any number of denture cleaning tablets, but if you do not keep your mouth clean, it won’t be of much help.
So, rinse your mouth, preferably with warm salt water, before you put back your dentures. You can use spearmint teas or peppermint too, as each of them makes for an effective mouthwash.
5. Soaking and Rinsing
Yes, you can effectively use a combination of both these methods to clean your dentures naturally. First, soak your “fake teeth” in a solution of half vinegar and half water.
Then, brush them thoroughly to get rid of food particles or stains. When used correctly, this method might also prove to be the best way to whiten dentures.
Note: Do not use vinegar if you use partial dentures for back teeth or front teeth.
6. Leave them out in the open. Literally.
There is a common belief that denture care means that you must place them in warm water, when not in use. Well, to that we say – Oxygen. That’s right. People tend to forget that oxygen is a natural way of getting rid of yeast or other types of bacteria.
So, before sleeping, place your dentures on a clean and dry surface and let it stay there overnight. This method will keep your “false teeth” free of any infection and will help keep your mouth healthy as well. Speaking of which…
7. Brush. Brush. And… Brush.
All of these methods will help will not be very helpful if you don’t take good care of your oral health. Your “fake teeth” won’t even fit properly if your gums are not clean and healthy.
For this, you need to brush your gums at least twice a day and brush your tongue several times a day. Also, to protect yourself from bacteria, you can rub a thin layer of aloe vera gel on your gums while brushing.
The next time you think of buying expensive denture cleaning tablets, you can just use any of these cost-effective ways for your denture care.
Also, do consult your dentist before you opt for any treatment or if you have any other issues related to oral health.
Do you have any other useful tips about cleaning dentures? Feel free to share them with our readers in the comments below.
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