Conventional toothpastes are not suitable for cleaning dentures and may cause permanent damage your Dentures, but there are many Denture Cleaners available. It is very important to keep your dentures clean with the appropriate denture cleaners, and you should never use bleach or boiling water. To determine the best cleaning solution, contact your dentist and they will let you know based on the type of dentures you have.
You should care for your dentures like they are real teeth. They need to be brushed everyday to remove plaque and food. After being removed from your mouth, they should immediately be placed into room-temperature water or a denture cleaning solution- never hot water! This can ruin your dentures. There are numerous denture cleaning solutions available today. Check with your dentist which would be the best for your type of dentures.
George Washington, the first president of the United States, began losing his teeth in his 20’s. Throughout his life he suffered prolonged pain when he had abscesses in his mouth, or had to wear crudely fashioned dentures in public.
Washington had several sets of dentures. None were made of carved wood. Instead, they were fashioned from hippopotamus and elephant ivory and used a mix of human and animal teeth. One set of Washington’s dentures is on display at Mont Vernon and another at the National Museum of Dentistry, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, and located in Baltimore. Also on display there are Queen Victoria’s personal dental instruments and a narwhal, which is an Arctic whale with a six-foot tooth growing out of its head.