You've heard the phrases 'this is how we used to do it' and 'the old ways are the best'. Well I often get asked questions about cleaning dentures, and many of the questions are about what can and cannot be used. Just because your grandma used to bleach her dentures doesn't mean it is safe to do!
There are many things that can be used to clean dentures, some that have been used for many years and are fine.
Baking soda is a good home remedy for cleaning and deodorising dentures. Dampen a denture brush then dip in baking soda and brush away any stains and odours. A well known home remedy for denture stain removal is distilled white vinegar. Soak dentures in pure distilled white vinegar overnight. Brush thoroughly to remove any tartar and plaque. Vinegar is a natural sanitizer too. It kills germs and odour.
Removing stains from dentures can be troublesome, especially if the denture wearer smokes, drinks a lot of coffee, tea red wine, or enjoys eating fruits like berries or other foods that stain, curries and beetroot for example.
If dentures are older it may be much harder or even impossible to remove all the stains, so replacement dentures are advised.
However, I must stress, no matter what anyone says or anything you've heard, you should NEVER use bleach or any abrasive powdered household cleaners on your dentures, this is extremely dangerous.
Cleaning dentures in many ways is a lot easier than cleaning teeth as they can be removed each day which enables them to be thoroughly cleaned and most stains can be removed.
Ideally after every meal dentures should be removed, rinsed and brushed before being put back in the mouth. Each night they should be cleaned and placed in a solution overnight which will kill any bacteria and removed stains. There are many denture cleaners available which I can recommend to you.
The next morning ensure dentures are rinsed thoroughly before placing back in the mouth.
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