Dentures are one of the most common ways to replace teeth that you’ve lost one way or another.
And, we’re not going to lie to you, these wonderful little things don’t come cheap; it’s quite the opposite, in fact.
So, this just makes it all the more important to keep your dentures at their peak performance level not just to make the most out of your purchase, but to also ensure that your remaining teeth and gums, respectively, are free from any germs and bacteria that could lead to some very serious problems.
As such, we here at Beautisdom are here to tell you about how to clean your dentures with vinegar!
Why Use Vinegar?
Vinegar is an effective cleaning agent thanks to all the acids in it, and we’re going to tell you more about it later.
But, if there’s one reason that you should opt to go with cleansing your dentures with vinegar, it’s because this is one of the safest and most convenient ways to do it!
Different Ways to Clean Your Dentures
Of course, vinegar is not the only way you can wash your dentures.
For one, there are numerous products out there that you can buy from the local drugstore specifically designed to clean your dentures.
The problem is, a lot of this stuff tends to be too harsh, which could lead to your dentures having a shorter lifespan. On the other hand, there are also simple ways to keep your dentures free from germs, such as brushing them with toothpaste or soaking them in mouthwash.
Still, however, these methods are the same as commercial denture cleaning agents: they’re just too strong.
As an alternative, not to mention one that is immensely better, you can always opt to go with a natural cleaning method like vinegar soaks for your dentures.
Aside from that, there’s also what we call the baking soda solution and the microwave method, though the latter is not what we’d exactly call all-natural.
Nevertheless, it is better than the usual toothpaste or mouthwash combo you might be using to clean your dentures.
1 – The Microwave Method
Microwaving your dentures about once a week can help in killing the bacteria and germs that have accumulated in it, and that’s because of the radiation coming from this handy appliance.
Now, just because the word radiation may light up a few alarms when you hear them doesn’t necessarily mean they’re immediately bad for you.
In this case, a microwave’s radiation, which you place on your dentures, does not have an adverse effect on your health.
Keep note, though: this method does not work for dentures with jackets or anything metal in them, as the microwave can cause this to spark and end up burning or damaging your dentures.
2 – The Baking Soda Solution
You will find baking soda in a lot of dental care products out there, especially when it comes to toothpaste.
The reason behind this is that baking soda is a natural abrasive, which means it can scrub off any stains and marks on your teeth.
The same goes if you apply baking soda to your dentures.
All you need to do is mix a couple of teaspoons of this wonderful abrasive with a little water enough for it to create a paste-like solution.
Then, you’d have the very own organic toothpaste you can use to scrub your dentures with. For best results, you can do this daily!
3 – Finally, the Wonders of Vinegar!
Of course, there’s the vinegar solution we’re talking about, and this one is something that we highly recommend.
This method is one that’s readily available at home and just has the right cleaning power to make sure that your dentures don’t get damaged in the process.
So, how exactly do you use it?
Allow us to reveal to you the wonders of the vinegar solution!
All you’ll need are equal parts of vinegar and water.
If you have a half a cup of water, make sure that you mix in another half cup of vinegar to make sure you get an effective solution.
But, before you do that, make sure that you’re using warm water in order to make sure that, first, the germs and bacteria have been dissolved by the heating process
Secondly, the heat allows the solution to become more effectively blended.
After that, you simply have to take out your fake teeth and let it soak in the solution you just made for half an hour!
Why Vinegar is a Great Cleaning Agent
There are a number of reasons we recommend you try this cleaning method for your dentures. Here are just a few of them:
- Vinegar is great when it comes to removing bacteria and dirt from your dentures’ surface
- The solution works best against oral fungus, otherwise known as candida ablicans
- Vinegar is an acid. As such, it is highly efficient when it comes to removing stains and accumulated minerals in between your dentures, which you may commonly refer to as tartar.
- A quick tip: minimal tartar deposits in your dentures easily dissolve in vinegar.
- For, thicker ones, try brushing them after soaking to make sure they’re removed, as the vinegar softens this up during the whole cleansing process.
How Often Should You Soak Your Dentures In Vinegar?
There are two ways to go about how often you should clean your dentures using a vinegar solution.
This means you do a soak once a week. For this, you can simply go with the method we told you earlier; just follow the steps.
You may also opt to clean your dentures in this solution once a day. The solution varies a little, however. Whereas we use a 50-50 mixture for periodical cleanings, here you soak your dentures overnight (about eight hours) in a 10-90 solution. To be clear, that should be 1 part of vinegar for every 9 parts of water.
And with that, we hope you keep your dentures safe and clean all the time! Keep that smile glowing! Good luck!