Dentures are made from material that is much softer than natural teeth. This is why they tend to yellow or appear discolored between regular cleanings. However, if professional cleaning is out of your budget, or you just can’t get to the dentist as often as you would like, there are a number of inexpensive home remedies worth exploring.
Keep in mind that you are using these at your own risk, but they all do have some level of success.
1. Hydrogen Peroxide
Known as being a very effective denture cleaner, hydrogen peroxide must be handled carefully. The best way to apply it to the dentures to be cleaned is by hand. Wear good quality rubber gloves and rub the solution gently on the dentures.
It is also a good idea to use a soft bristle toothbrush. Hydrogen peroxide works because it contains a natural abrasive which removes stains along with food particles that may get trapped in crevices between teeth. So using a softbristle toothbrush helps to get into all the gaps between teeth.
This is a product that is extremely easy to find as almost every kitchen has a box in the cupboard. On the offhand chance yours doesn’t, baking soda can be purchased at most grocery stores. This is also one of the most common home remedies used by denture wearers.
The benefits of using this as a denture cleaner are many, as not only will baking soda remove small food particles, it also deodorizes false teeth. An added bonus is that it is relatively inexpensive.
You can use baking soda as a nightly soaking solution by adding a spoonful to a glass of water and letting the dentures sit in the mixture to clean.
This is one product that can be used in more than one way to clean dentures.
It can be added to water and used as an overnight soaking agent. It can also be gently brushed onto false teeth with a soft bristle toothbrush. As salt is known as a good bleaching agent, and is an abrasive material, gentle cleaning with it will make dentures look brighter. Salt will also work to eliminate odors that may develop from hidden food particles.
4. White Vinegar
Available in most kitchens, easy to purchase in grocery stores and inexpensive, white vinegar has many more advantages when it comes to cleaning dentures.
It kills bacteria growth which can lead to the development of plaque and odors. Soaking overnight in a glass of water makes this cleaning agent most effective.
5.Denture Cleaning Bleach
It is not hard to locate one of these as there are several brands of denture cleaning bleaches on the market. They are inexpensive and work extremely well. The best way to use a denture cleaning bleach is as a soak where it is mixed with a glass of water.
Depending on the solution chosen, dentures only need to be immersed for as little as 15-minutes in order for the cleaning agent to work. Remove the dentures, rinse and brush gently with a soft bristle toothbrush to remove loosened food particles. The denture cleaning bleach will sanitize, clean and even add a minty scent – depending on the brand used.
Containing both bleaching and stain removing properties, lemon juice is a powerful alternative home remedy. In addition to being inexpensive, it is easy to use. Mix the lemon juice into a glass of water and soak dentures for up to 30-minutes.
Remove, rinse with cold water and pat dry. Leaving dentures in a lemon juice soak for longer, or using a solution that is too strong, can damage them as overexposure to the citric acid from a lemon can actually start to erode dentures.
7. Mouthwash Soak
Another affordable and accessible denture cleaner is mouthwash. By diluting some mouthwash with water, you will have a strong solution that will leave a refreshing clean as well as kill bacteria. Allow false teeth to soak for up to 30-minutes and rinse clean.
8. Cleaning Tablets
This is another popular choice for an overnight soaking solution. There are several different tablet cleaners on the market and they all basically contain the same properties. They are effervescent which means that when added to water they fizz.
The bubbling action removes food particles and freshens dentures. The tablets work best if false teeth are added once the fizzing ends and left to soak for a minimum of 3-minutes. Brushing gently with a soft bristle toothbrush and rinsing will complete the process.
9.Toothpaste/Baking Soda Wrap
In aluminum foil combine a mixture of toothpaste and baking soda. Wrap this around false teeth and allow to sit for a minimum of 3-hours. Remove the dentures, gently brush the solution off with a soft bristle toothbrush and rinse clean.
10. Ultrasonic Cleaner
While ultrasonic denture cleaners are a specialized item, and costs more than any of the other remedies on this list, it is still an item you can use at home to clean false teeth. The way it works is that you place dentures in a small holding container with water or a cleaning solution.
The ultrasonic waves that are bounced off the dentures essentially vibrate small food particles off of them. Where this method works best is that it will clean in places no other tool can reach and it cleans at a microscopic level.
Don’t Forget To Include Professional Cleaning
Denture wearers have a challenge in keeping their false teeth clean. Professional cleaning by a dentist is the most effective way to keep your dentures looking their best. However, this may not be a cost effective option for many.
As a result, several different home remedies have been developed and promoted to assist. They offer affordable options to seeing your dentist but can also work in concert with regular professional cleanings.
About the Author:
Jade Roberts owns and operates False Teeth Options which provides valuable information and resources regarding false teeth, dental implants, and cosmetic dentistry to people of all ages.