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Mouthguards and dentures

by Julie Finch-Scally

I have been in many bathrooms and seen a tumbler filled with water housing a set of dentures or a mouth guard. Although they might be clean somehow these spare teeth and protectors look dirty. I am sure denture cleansing tablets are used but are they really the best method of cleaning these apparatus that are used in the mouth?

Many people who suffer from sleep apnea now wear mouth guards to bed. Most contact sports have the players wearing teeth guards to protect their teeth during the game. Mouth guards and dentures are similar. They stay in the mouth for several hours catching the generated saliva. Once removed, they need to be thoroughly cleaned prior to being reused.

As I have said there are special cleansing tablets on the market that can be placed in a glass of water with the mouth guards or dentures and kill any bacteria that might have stuck to the plastic or porcelain. I would guess that most people when using these tablets rinse off the product and just leave the mouth guard or dentures in the glass until the next time required.

Further investigation of mouth guards and dentures can show that indents in the specially formed frames can house tiny specks of dirt or mould. Of course these specks are small and many people might not be able to see them. But if the mouth guard is translucent the specks can be seen through the plastic. I have found somehow the denture cleanser doesn’t seem to remove all these small specks.

A toothbrush rubbed into and around the indentation can help but sometimes even the bristles don’t seem to be able to get into the crevices and lift out the contamination. I have tried the small teeth cleaning brushes that are used similar to tooth picks. The pointed end scratched into the small crevice seems to get closer and under the problem and lift the small specks of dirt out of their newly found home.

So what I am saying is; yes the denture cleanser tablets are great, but a regular scrub with a tooth brush and some non-whitening toothpaste is necessary and a careful investigation is required to see no little black specks are caught in small crevices. Remember the mouth guards and dentures are placed in your mouth. As your saliva flows over and around the guard or teeth you swallow any bacteria sitting on these items.

The next time you use your mouth guard or dentures, make sure they are scrubbed and cleaned and well rinsed. Oh, also rinse them under running water before putting them back in your mouth.


That black dust again

by Julie Finch-Scally

We have Roman Blinds in our bedroom. Over the past four or five months the cords have not been working well. They wouldn’t stay stuck when the blinds were pulled up and they wouldn’t release when we wanted to pull the blinds down.

This problem occurred a few years ago and hubby had taken down the blinds and replaced the ball bearing rollers at the top. We had to do this again. Hubby found some more rollers on the internet and waited for them to be delivered and find the time to replace the housing.

It wasn’t a difficult job. A little fiddly but it did require removing the blinds from the hooks and unscrewing the roller housing making allowances for the cords that passed over the rollers.

The job was finally completed. The cords were sitting correctly in the ball bearing housing, the blinds were hanging up against the window and when we pulled the cords up and down they worked perfectly.

As hubby looked into the old housing he discovered the problem. There was black dust surrounding the ball bearings stopping them from doing the job. Because they didn’t roll the cords couldn’t move one way or the other.

Of course there was a big discussion on how the black dust got into the ball bearing housing. Our property is in a cul-de-sac but a busy one. There are several blocks of apartments around the T-junction road, and we often have removal trucks delivering furniture as well as the twice a week collection of garbage. As the road is higher than where our block of apartments sit, obviously the fall out from the diesel in the trucks has circulated down from the road and floated through the windows settling in the ball bearing housing of the blinds.

As we won’t be moving in a hurry it looks like we will regularly every two or three years have to replace the ball bearing housing for the Roman Blinds. Ah well, a small price to pay for the use of our window coverings.

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