A denture soak is an essential part of proper denture care and can help prevent bad breath. There are many reasons why you might be considering a homemade denture soak. You might not like the expense of buying commercial denture soaks. You might not like the chemicals that go into commercial denture soaks. You might even be out of your normal denture soak and need a solution you can use for your dentures today.
There are two commonly recommended homemade denture soaks, but only one of them is good for everyday use.
The two commonly recommended denture soaks are bleach solution and vinegar solution. To make a bleach solution, mix one part household bleach to ten parts water. You can add a teaspoon of water softener to help remove hardened tartar. This is effective at sterilizing the denture, but it does have problems:
Dentures must be carefully rinsed–any remaining bleach will irritate your gums
Dentures can become discolored because of bleach
Can lead to corrosion of metal parts
As a result of these problems, the American Dental Association (ADA) advises against the use of a bleach-based denture soak.
The vinegar based solution is considered acceptable for a daily soak. Just mix vinegar with water in equal amounts. This is not quite as effective as an antibacterial rinse, but it’s more effective on tartar and food residue. The only problem is that it’s not a good choice for partial dentures which may have a lot of metal components that can be corroded by the vinegar-based solution.
On the other hand, commercial denture soaks do have many benefits. They are certified by the ADA, which means:
They have disclosed all ingredients
They have verified efficacy claims with clinical studies
At least one clinical study has shown the effectiveness of the cleanser
The soak will not lead to negative health effects when used according to instructions
The soak will not damage dentures
All of these benefits are good reasons to consider using a commercial soak rather than making your own.
If you want to talk about this or other issues of proper denture care, please call 610-272-0828 for an appointment with a Philadelphia denture dentist at Dental Excellence of Blue Bell.
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