Homemade Denture Cleaners

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Denture wearers need to remove their plates and clean daily as there can be a build up of bacteria between the plates and the gums. While there are several name brand products available over the counter that do this well, there are several inexpensive products around the house that can do the job for a fraction of the cost.

Hydrogen Peroxide

A cleaning process recommended by some dentists is to drop your dentures in a cup of full strength Hydrogen Peroxide to kill germs and bacteria. Hydrogen Peroxide is used daily to clean cuts and wounds of germs and infections and has the same results when cleaning dentures, in addition to whitening and brightening them.

Baking Soda and Vinegar

Soaking dentures in a combination of one teaspoon of baking soda and enough white vinegar to cover the dentures will clean food and residue from dentures. The mixture will bubble up like store bought tablets, leaving the dentures white and bright. Dentures should be brushed and rinsed well before putting in the mouth to eliminate the vinegar taste.

Bleach and Water

Bleach is a great cleaning product with many uses. Dentists recommend soaking dentures daily in a solution of two parts of water to one part of bleach which will remove most stains leaving the dentures white as well as killing any bacteria that may have built up. Dentures should be rinsed well to eliminate the bleach taste before putting them in the mouth.

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