Sunday, April 11, 2010

How to Clean and Whiten Partial Dentures

Have you been wondering how to clean and whiten your partial dentures? Keeping your dentures clean on a daily basis will help to prevent permanent stains and keep your dentures looking whiter. You can keep your dentures cleaned and whitened with the products that you already have in your bathroom.

SCRUB - Clean and whiten your partial dentures at least once per day. Remove your partial dentures gently. Do not injury yourself or damage the dentures by forcing them out or pulling them out too quickly. Scrub the partial dentures with baking soda on a toothbrush. Use a little water to make it into a paste. Cleaning your partial dentures with a toothbrush will remove any debris or food particles that may have built up in the dentures during the day. Baking soda is a great cleaning product and it is very safe and gentle to use on your partial dentures and in your own mouth. You can take this time to also brush your tongue and gums and rinse your mouth out. Rinse the excess baking soda off of your partial dentures and brush them with water only to make sure everything has been removed.

SOAK - Mix water and hydrogen peroxide in equal parts in a glass bowl. Place your partial dentures in the bowl to soak. Use enough of the solution so that your dentures are covered. Leave them soaking for at least one half hour or preferably overnight if you can. The hydrogen peroxide will kill all germs and clean off stains from your dentures. Even stubborn stains will be removed. Rinse your partial dentures thoroughly before putting them back in. Gently reinsert your partial dentures. You should have effectively cleaned and whitened your partial dentures. If there are still stains left on the dentures try using bleach.

USE BLEACH - Use bleach on stubborn stains on your partial dentures. Use a glass bowl and a mixture of 1/3 cup bleach and 2/3 cup water. Soak your partial dentures in the mixture for at least one half hour. Remove your dentures and rinse thoroughly for at least three minutes. Rinse your hands also and anything else that comes in contact with the bleach mixture. All stains should have been removed from your dentures at this point. Make sure that your dentures are rinsed thoroughly before reinserting them back into your mouth. Always remove and insert your dentures slowly and gently.

Now you know how to clean and whiten your partial dentures.

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