3 Ways to Clean Dentures Naturally
As a denture-wearer, you should clean your dentures on a daily basis and sanitize them weekly to prevent health problems. Over time, layers of sticky bacteria naturally build up on surfaces in the mouth. When not cleaned properly, these biofilms on your dentures can hide bacteria that can cause dangerous health problems such as MRSA or staph infections.
If you already clean your dentures on a regular basis, that’s great! However, if you use harsh cleaning products on your dentures, you could be doing more damage than you’re aware. Traditional toothpaste and mouthwashes are often too abrasive for your dentures and can wear them down over time. Bleaching products can permanently discolour your dentures.
This article aims to teach our patients how to clean dentures naturally. Here are some of the top ways to naturally kill dangerous bacteria and protect your dentures in the long run:
#1 – Nuke ‘Em in the Microwave!
Scientists have discovered that MRSA bacteria can successfully be killed by microwaving dentures for three minutes, once a week. While the heat generated by the microwave can kill bacteria and sanitize your dentures, this method is not a substitute for actually cleaning your chompers. Just be sure that your dentures don’t contain metal before popping them into the microwave!
#2 – Vinegar Solution
Vinegar is an easy and effective way to disinfect and clean dentures naturally. The acid in the vinegar dissolves tartar that has built up on dentures over time. To make this natural cleaning solution at home, combine equal parts of white distilled vinegar and warm water. Let your dentures soak in the solution for at least 30 minutes or overnight for best results. Be sure to rinse the dentures completely before re-inserting them into your mouth.
#3 – Baking Soda Solution
Baking soda is a common ingredient in traditional toothpaste, as its great at loosening stubborn debris from teeth. You can make your own natural toothpaste by combining 2 tsp. of baking soda with enough water to reach your desired consistency. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to gently and thoroughly scrub away debris from dentures. This cleaning method is very effective and can be used to clean dentures naturally on a daily basis.