All Natural Cleaning Solutions for Dentures

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It’s important to care for your dentures just as you would natural teeth. And while you might think dentures are indestructible, caring for them with the natural solutions as opposed to harsh chemicals will ensure their longevity. Plus, putting chemicals on your dentures essentially means you are putting chemicals in your mouth. The more we learn about environmental toxins and their toll on the body, the less we want to voluntarily add more chemicals to the body .

Another reason to go natural is the fact that it’s easy to accidentally ingest some of the cleanser. The FDA released a 2015 safety notice that outlined several deaths attributed to elderly people ingesting denture cleansers. The report states “Some over-the-counter denture cleansers contain ingredients associated with allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis; other ingredients can imitate mucosa and may be toxic if ingested.”

Here are a few natural cleaning solutions that are effective and safe.

1. LEMON JUICE

Livestrong.com has a lot of great ideas, including lemon juice. Lemon juice is great for removing stains and debri from dentures as well as curbing the growth of bacteria. Combine equal parts warm water (but not hot, hot water may warp dentures) with lemon juice and allow your dentures to soak. Because lemon juice is highly acidic, be sure not to leave your dentures in the solution for more than 30 minutes.

2. VINEGAR

White distilled vinegar is another great option. It will dissolve tiny particles of food and fight plaque. Mix 1 teaspoon vinegar with warm water and soak. As with all denture cleansers, be sure to thoroughly rinse your dentures before placing them in your mouth again. And if you forget, the taste of vinegar or lemon juice will remind you!

3. BAKING SODA

If you are looking to get rid of an unpleasant odor, baking soda is a great option because it’s highly effective at mitigating odors. Dissolve a couple tablespoons of baking soda in warm water and soak.

THINGS TO AVOID

Just as important as it is to clean your dentures with the right things, it’s also crucial to avoid certain materials. Be wary of whitening products as they may discolor your dentures. They are formulated for natural teeth, not dentures, so there is no way of knowing what effect they will have. According to the American Dental Association, products that contain bleach often whiten the pink portion of your dentures which is not something you want.

Another tip for making sure you are cleaning your dentures with the right product is to look for the American Dental Association seal on the packaging. The association also has this handy approved products list you can reference as well. When in doubt, consult with your denture specialist about what types of products are recommended.

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