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can you soak retainers in mouthwash

A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dinh Bui
Dr. Dinh Bui answered
22 years experience Dentistry
Yes: Preferrably nonalcohol mouthwash (biotene) since alcohol (in listerine) may dry out the plastic especially some patient chose to soak their retainer f ... Read More

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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Chin
41 years experience Dentistry
No: You shouldn't be soaking your retainers in mouthwash. Retainers should be cleaned according to your dentist's instructions. If you are rinsing with mo ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Roth
31 years experience Dentistry
Yes: Yes, but better to take the retainers off since they may prevent the mouthwash from accessing all surfaces of your teeth.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Simon Rosenberg
45 years experience Dentistry
5-10 Minutes Only: Proper care of a dental "flipper" partial denture includes brushing it with a toothbrush to remove food particles & adherent dental plaque and rinsing ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Albert E. Klitzke
8 years experience Dentistry
Commercial cleaner: Soak them in a commercial cleaner made for dentures. If you mouth wash has alcohol in it, then the denture will dry out and weaken or discolor over t ... Read More
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A 62-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Pohlhaus
31 years experience Dentistry
You get some: The fluoride ions will attach themselves to the tooth during 2 minutes of brushing and are not easily rinsed away, so you do derive a benefit. If you ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
34 years experience Dentistry
No: No, but if it feels burning or uncomfortable it may be the alcohol...Try listerine zero instead of regular.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Ritota
8 years experience Dentistry
Yes: White vinegar cheaper and as effective.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manami Yamaguchi
24 years experience Dentistry
Finish with rinse: There are different types of mouth rinse: Fluoride rinse to help teeth resistant to tooth decay; antiseptic rinse to decrease over all bacteria. Eithe ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
My burn some: Hydrogen peroxide will actually convert to water after it released its oxygen.The teeth whitening products will burn a bit going down if you swallow s ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Thaler
40 years experience Prosthodontics
Safe - yes: Best to scrub with toothpaste and then soak in an antimicrobial effervescent cleaner ( efferdent, etc. ) the Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) won't c ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Kattuah
22 years experience Dentistry
Yes: I would suggest chewing the vitamin c first, waiting about 20 minutes, then brushing and rinsing. Brushing immediately after chewing vitamin c may ero ... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ragan Faler
23 years experience Dentistry
Yes: Overuse of mouth rinses can cause changes in the salivary pellicle, or coating. A good soft tooth brush with mild flouride toothpaste, along with a l ... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
Whitening: Anything labeled whitening usually has higher than normal levels of abrasives. Brush your retainer 2x/day with a plain soft toothbrush, no toothpaste ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Eltzroth
22 years experience Dentistry
Yes: Typically, yes. You want to make sure you keep your teeth clean and healthy, especially when wearing braces.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Myths: Nope. Absolutely not.
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A 62-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Thaler
40 years experience Prosthodontics
7-10: Typically 7-10 days to decrease bacterial presence. Warm salt water is also fine in addition to peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate). I would not do less ... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
No toothpaste: Brush retainers on removal and just before reinsertion with a soft toothbrush, no toothpaste. All toothpastes, especially whitening toothpastes, are ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Quon
41 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
No: Brushing your teeth with warm water will not make them yellow.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. SCOTT HARWOOD
44 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Gentle rinsing: Put 1/2 teaspoon of salt in an 8 oz. Glass of warm water and gently rinse and spit. This should not be done on the day of surgery. Wait until the foll ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Karsant
38 years experience Dentistry
No: It should not.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
Ortho and whitening?: Keep your teeth as clean as possible with proper tooth brushing and flossing. Yes, it's more challenging with braces but can be done well. Ask your ow ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Corben
39 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Chlorine Dioxide: Using a toothpaste containing chlorine dioxide will kill gram negative aneurobic bacteria that usually cause bad breath. The chlorine dioxide will als ... Read More

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