What is your opinion on best way to clean dentures

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I have tried a variety of cleaning products including denture toothpaste and cleaning tablets, but I can tell that with the cost of these products along with adhesives, it is going to be pricey. Does anyone use homemade products like dish soap for brushing or vinegar, baking soda, salt, or hydrogen peroxide for cleaning? Thanks, just trying to be economical.....Some may say... cheap, and that's ok! :)
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Patricia Meyer

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Im on a budget so I use cheap cleaning tablets and dollar store mouthwash and soak my dentures in a mixture then I brush them with a soft toothbrush as soon as I take them out of the container and then I brush them again once I put them in
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I use denture cleaner from the dollar tree also winco is pretty reasonable. never brush your dentures with a tooth brush use the denture brush , my dentist told me it will scratch them, also use dawn liquid dish soap. 
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Thanks Clydene! We have a dollar tree here but no winco. I will be picking up some Dawn :)
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db

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Thanks Patricia, I have not even looked at the Dollar store for products! Good idea :)
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Might as well right
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db

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Yes! I am guilty of the convenience of the Wal-Mart one stop shopping. Or really, just lazy :)
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My sister uses dish soap and bleach.  She swears by it.  I use mouthwash and soak in stain-away once a week.  I wear mine 24-7 though.  
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Thanks 1Spicy!, Bleach! I think I would be too nervous to try that...The after taste! And 24/7 I just can't do at this point. I am glad when I can take them out! Stain away is one of the products I have used and do find it makes a noticeable difference. So with 2 for mouthwash, I can assume the mouthwash does not stain? I currently have the light blue Crest Pro Health.
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Rinse them for 30 seconds after bleaching (bleach mixed with water, you can google a recipe or ask any dentist), no after taste.  To clean them means to get rid of the plaque and tarter that cause bacteria.  You still make those even though you don't have teeth.  Any antiseptic mouthwash will do that with a soft brush for in between the teeth.  I drink coffee, that's why I use the stain-away.  If I had a different job and didn't want to spend much money, I would just use a bleach mixture.  I like mouthwash cause I can carry with me and use a few times a day.
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Ok...thanks for the info. I also drink coffee...a lot!
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1Spicy!

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Me too!  An embarrassing amount of coffee!  And I use the espresso beans, which ever are on sale, because I have to work a lot to stay afloat.  It does a number on acrylic.  I bought a baby toothbrush because acrylic is so easy etched and that's where you get the stains and germs.  I've seen people using vinegar at the senior center I volunteer at.  
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I soak mine once or twice a week with vinegar, seems to be working fine.
Nighty I soak in hot h2o or sometimes mouthwash and gently brush in the am
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Thank you Lisa, like the bleach, I was wondering if there was an after taste with vinegar, but I guess not. Good to know! :)
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I am on Day 2, E-day was yesterday. I am ready with an ultrasonic cleaner. Pop them in for 3 minutes supposedly helps keep staining to a minimum (3 Contigo a day habit here) so we'll see. I still haven't removed the immediates yet, but when I do, in they go.
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I am on Day 2, E-day was yesterday. I am ready with an ultrasonic cleaner. Pop them in for 3 minutes supposedly helps keep staining to a minimum (3 Contigo a day habit here) so we'll see. I still haven't removed the immediates yet, but when I do, in they go.

It was somewhere around $35 and the studies I looked at (see below) suggest that ultrasound with just plain water works as well as chemical agents (aka effervescents).

Here's where I got my info. Seems legit. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3973472/

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Thanks Landon...I have not thought about an ultrasonic cleaner. Interesting article! :)
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My dentures don’t come out so I can’t use the special pastes and tablets. I’ve been trying to find the right thing to use in my mouth and the suggestions are low abrasive, non fluoride and non whitening. Impossible to find so far. I’m just using an extra soft toothbrush and arm and hammer peroxicare. And my hygienist wants me to use this homeopathic mouthwash that is $25 a bottle. I’m assuming the pastes you can use for dentures out of your mouth shouldn’t be used in your mouth? Anyone know?

I certainly used dish soap on my temporaries with no problems.
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Hello Janet, the denture paste I have says not recommended for use in your mouth. Dentures that don't come out, implants? Thanks for your reply on dish soap. That seems to be the way to go!
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Yes I have full upper and lower dentures screwed into 11 implants. That presents special cleaning challenges trying to get stuff out from under and preventing plaque. I don’t know if plaque is an issue on removable ones but sometimes I wish I could just take them out to clean.

If they use Dawn to clean poor oily baby birds then I’m just going to assume it is ok for dentures.
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Dawn dish soap will NOT hurt your dentures, you just want to be sure to rinse them well, or you could get an upset stomache from it
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Hi Janet.  I have upper and lower implants.  Personally, I find them very easy to clean but I do have a routine and spend quite a bit of time on them.  Must haves are a WaterPik and an electric toothbrush.  Also, I use the special implant floss called Super Floss.  Walmart sells it.  The best way to treat tartar/plaque is to use the floss and an implant toothbrush.  My teeth are made of Zirconia and I don't have any problems using regular toothpaste.  Hope this helps.
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I have uppers and lowers ... I brush them with a soft brush after dinner, pop them in a cup with a tablet of Polident, soak them over night, soft brush in the morning and pop them in.  The tablets are reasonbly priced and keep the dentures fresh and clean.
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That sounds good Rick!  Keeping your dentures clean is wonderful but you can't forget about your gums and tongue.  Lots of bacteria there.  Use a soft brush on them also morning and night and a fresh mouthwash.