You have a busy life, and sometimes things don’t go as planned. You might be out with friends, or you may just have a bad day and need to let off some steam. Whatever the case, if you wear dentures, you probably won’t be able to blow off that stress by eating something that falls in the toilet.
If you’ve ever found your dentures in the toilet after an unfortunate incident (and managed not to flush them), then you know how challenging it can be to clean them afterward. It is not an impossible task, however. Read on and discover some tricks on how to clean your dentures after they fell in the toilet and what to do when this happens again.
What to Do After Your Dentures Fell in the Toilet
First things first: do not panic! You can clean and disinfect your dentures. You just need to know what you’re doing. If you are wearing your dentures when they fall in the toilet, fish them out as soon as possible. You don’t want them to soak too long in the water, especially if you’re wearing a synthetic-fiber dam.
If you can’t find them right away, try to fish them out as soon as you can. If you can’t find them, call your dentist immediately. They can help you get new dentures until you can find your old ones.
How to Clean Your Dentures After They Fell in the Toilet
If your dentures fell in the toilet, clean them with water and a toothbrush. You can do this by placing the dentures in a bowl of water, using a soft-bristled toothbrush to scrub them, and then rinsing them off with clean water.
If your dentures fell in a toilet that is regularly flushed, though, you’ll need to disinfect them. This is because the toilet water has bacteria that will grow on your dentures (and in your mouth if you wear them regularly). Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to scrub your dentures with water. Then, pour baking soda into a bowl and place your dentures in the water. Let them soak for at least an hour to kill off any harmful bacteria growing on the dentures. When they are done soaking, rinse them off with clean water.
Rehydrate Your Denture
If your dentures are old or heavily worn, they might have shrunk over time. This will make them too small for your mouth and cause them to fall out more easily. It’s important to rehydrate old or shrunken dentures by soaking them in water overnight.
When your dentures are too small, they don’t have a proper fit. This can cause pain and irritation in your mouth. Over time, it can also lead to sores and infections. So, it’s important to rehydrate them to make them fit better and so that they don’t cause you any more pain.
To rehydrate your dentures, place them in a bowl of warm water overnight. This will allow the water to seep into them. The water will also help them expand to their original size. In the morning, remove your dentures from the bowl and store them in their case. If you don’t have a case, you can use a clean cloth.
Use Baking Soda to Clean and Sanitize
If you have the time, you can use baking soda to clean and sanitize your dentures. You can do this if you don’t have the time to soak your dentures in water, or if you don’t have the time to do both.
Baking soda is a great cleaning agent. Place your dentures in a bowl or a small container and add some baking soda. Swirl or stir the dentures around until they are covered in baking soda. Let them sit and sit until they become nice and clean.
Use a Restoring Cleanser to Deep Clean
If your dentures are old and shrunken, you can use a restorative denture cleanser to clean them. This will help to clean out your dentures and make them look and feel new again. It will also keep them from falling out as easily.
Restorative denture cleansers are specially designed to clean and restore old and shrunken dentures. They are made with gentle ingredients and can be used daily.
To use this type of cleanser, place a few drops of the cleanser in your palm and let it sit for about 30 seconds. Wipe the cleanser onto your dentures. You can use a soft-bristled toothbrush to scrub the inside and outside of the dentures. Let the cleanser sit on the dentures for 1-2 minutes before rinsing them off with clean water.
You can clean your dentures after they fell in the toilet, even if they are stained and dirty. You just have to know what to do and which cleaning methods are best. You can clean your dentures with water, baking soda, and restorative denture cleansers.
If you find yourself in this unfortunate situation again, be sure to do your best to clean them after they fall in the toilet. You don’t want to let bacteria grow in your mouth and on your dentures.