Don't assume that because you no longer have your natural teeth, oral health isn't as important. You can still get infections in your gums caused by the bacteria in your mouth if your oral hygiene routine starts slacking. So, if you have dentures, it's extremely important to learn how to keep them clean. The good news is, you can keep them clean without spending a ton of money. To clean your dentures fast and cheap, use these common products.
Toothpaste and Toothbrush
Hopefully, you didn't throw out your toothpaste and toothbrush the moment your dentures arrived, because they can be used to keep your dentures clean and fresh. A toothbrush is also a great tool to use to remove denture glue from your dentures. When you're brushing your dentures, make sure you use a soft-bristled toothbrush and avoid overly abrasive toothpastes, such as whitening toothpastes, so that you don't ruin your dentures. Additionally, make sure you're gently brushing the outside and inside of the denture plate thoroughly to remove all of the bacteria and food particles. It's also a good idea to use your toothbrush to lightly brush your gums and rinse the inside of your mouth with water to flush out any harmful bacteria left in your mouth.
Baking Soda and Peroxide
People have used both baking soda and peroxide to clean their teeth for years, and because they are gentle cleaners, they can also be used to clean your dentures. To clean your dentures using a baking soda and peroxide mixture:
- Put approximately 2 teaspoons of baking soda into a glass that has enough room for your dentures.
- Add enough warm water to the glass to dissolve the baking soda.
- Place your dentures in the water.
- Pour peroxide over the dentures until they are fully covered, and allow them to soak overnight.
- Remove the dentures from the glass, and rinse them off with warm water.
White Vinegar Soak
Soaking your dentures in a white-vinegar-based soak disinfects the dentures and removes any tartar buildup.
- Put one part white vinegar and nine parts water into a glass to dilute the vinegar.
- Soak your dentures in the mixture overnight, as you normally would.
- Remove your dentures from the glass, and rinse with warm water.
Dentures can be costly, so it's important to keep them in good shape. Take the time to care for your dentures on a daily basis so that they last longer and you avoid getting a bacteria-induced mouth infection.