Home Remedies For Cleaning False Teeth
Home Remedies For Cleaning False Teeth
Are you looking for home remedies for cleaning false teeth? Are you looking for advice about the best way to maintain your false teeth? False teeth undoubtedly need as much, if not more, attention than natural teeth due to the high presence of bacteria and risk of periodontal infection. However, this does not have to be a severe inconvenience or strain on your budget. Below you will find a number of home remedies for cleaning false teeth and tips to help you get the healthiest, longest and most comfortable life span from your false teeth.
How to Clean Your Dentures
In the Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice, Kenneth Shay DDS, MS, wrote that every surface, natural or synthetic, becomes covered within 30 minutes with pellicle (a clear, thin covering containing proteins and lipids) to which particles readily adhere. Many people are unaware that false teeth also get coated with plaque. And that plaque can harden just as it would on natural teeth and provide an even more fertile breeding ground for bacteria. To extend the life of your dentures and maintain good oral health, make sure you are properly cleaning both your dentures and your mouth.
1. Prepare Your Cleaning Area
First, you need to understand that your dentures are not as strong as natural teeth and can chip or break from only a minor fall. Therefore, when you are cleaning your dentures, you should place a folded towel in the bottom of the sink and fill it with a few inches of water to prevent damage in the event that you drop your dentures.
2. Remove Your Dentures
Frank Weibelt, DDS, a dental professional at the College of Dentistry at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, is one of many dental professionals who discourages the use of denture adhesive. Like Weibelt, some dental professionals believe continued use can cause build up between the dentures and the gums, which can cause the gums and bone to shrink.
However, a large number of people still continue to use denture adhesive to prevent slipping. If you are one of them, and you have trouble removing your dentures, here is a simple trick: Fill your mouth with warm water and swish to loosen. You may need to do this a few times until your dentures are loose.
Once you have removed your dentures, it is very important that you remove all adhesive. To dislodge the adhesive from your mouth, brush with hot water and toothpaste. To remove the adhesive from your dentures you can drop them into icy water until it hardens. You can then pluck off any remaining adhesive.
3. Remove Debris from Dentures
It is not necessary to buy all the denture care products advertised as essentials. There are several options for inexpensive denture cleansing. For example, there is no need to buy an expensive denture brush because a fingernail brush will work just as well. A solution of half vinegar and half water can be used as a denture cleanser and will make your dentures whiter than most commercial dental cleansers.
First, soak your dentures in the solution. Then brush them thoroughly since soaking alone will not remove debris. This method will not only clean your dentures but help remove hardened plaque and stains. However, you should not use vinegar if your dentures are partials.
You can also simply brush your dentures with antibacterial hand soap or dishwashing liquid and warm water.
4. Disinfecting Dentures
Brushing cleans your dentures but does not disinfect them. Disinfection is very important because acrylic dentures are porous and therefore are a breeding ground for infectious organisms.
Despite opposing opinions, Kenneth Shay DDS, MS confirms that bleach is as effective as commercial effervescent denture-cleansing products. According to Shay, the bleach to water ratio should be 1:10. However at this strength of dilution, the solution will be ineffective against plaque buildup and the associated stains. Others recommend bleach and water 50/50. The problem with this is that it can discolor the pink portion of full dentures.
For the best results, you should use Shay’s 1:10 dilution and add a teaspoon of calcium-chelating detergent, such as Calgon, to the solution. If you use a stronger dilution ratio, do not allow your dentures to sit for more than a few minutes.
Furthermore, if you have partial dentures, no matter the dilution ratio, you should not allow them sit for more than 10 minutes, otherwise the metal components may turn black or corrode.
Although it is less effective than bleach, vinegar can be used to disinfect your dentures also. There are no time restraints for soaking your dentures in vinegar. However, if they have metal parts, you should not use this method. Alternatively, you can use your microwave. A study showed that the radiation will effectively reduce the number of organisms that live on your dentures.
And when you have nothing else, you always have free air. Due to the misconception that dentures must be kept in water when not in your mouth, most people do not realize that oxygen can kill yeast and many other bacteria. Therefore, leaving your dentures on a clean, dry surface overnight can help to disinfect them.
5. Caring For Your Mouth
Since well over half of denture wearers experience the high presence of yeast and bacteria that can lead to health problems in the event of infection, do your best to reduce the growth of fungus and bacteria. Brush your tongue several times per day and rub a thin layer of aloe vera gel on your gums. If you do develop a yeast infection, two common remedies are grapefruit seed extract and grape seed oil.
Even if you meticulously care for your dentures, using home remedies for cleaning false teeth will not be enough. At some point your dentures will have to be replaced or readjusted. This is due in part to changes in your facial and bone structure. However, taking calcium supplements and/or having a calcium-rich diet will help maintain your bone structure and extend the fit of your dentures.
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