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  • I dropped my retainer in the toilet...

    So i was just standing there...umm..dispensing liquid and was thinking, "heh that would be funny if my retainer fell out of my mouth"....you kinda know what happened next. I just moved it around with my tongue unconsciously and it fell out into the bowl.
    I spent the last hour scrubbing it with toothpaste, rubbing alcohol, and soaking it in Phosphor (I ran out of Listerine!!!)
    Do you think its safe to put back in my mouth or do I need to visit a dentist and get it sanitized?
    Help!

  • #2
    Re: I dropped my retainer in the toilet...

    After doing all that I'm sure it is fine, I suggest boiling it for a little while in salt water.
    "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined." -Henry David Thoreau

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    • #3
      Re: I dropped my retainer in the toilet...

      Originally posted by PretzelSouls View Post
      After doing all that I'm sure it is fine, I suggest boiling it for a little while in salt water.
      Would do that, but orthodontist HIGHLY recommended against contact with anything hot. If that wasn't the case I would have done that

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      • #4
        Re: I dropped my retainer in the toilet...

        Hmm, in that case I would evenly coat it with toothpaste and let that sit on there for 10 minutes, scub it for another 5 and rinse it off. Should be good to go.
        "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined." -Henry David Thoreau

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        • #5
          Re: I dropped my retainer in the toilet...

          Originally posted by PretzelSouls View Post
          Hmm, in that case I would evenly coat it with toothpaste and let that sit on there for 10 minutes, scub it for another 5 and rinse it off. Should be good to go.
          Awesome, i'll do that.
          Thanks!

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          • #6
            Re: I dropped my retainer in the toilet...

            Go get it sanatized!!! Better safe than sorry.
            Press today is so concerned with cool vs. not cool that they're starting to forget good vs. bad. I'm not sure I'll ever be "cool", but I will always tirelessly strive to be "great". - Josh Groban

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            • #7
              Re: I dropped my retainer in the toilet...

              Originally posted by Joshrzmeup View Post
              Go get it sanatized!!! Better safe than sorry.
              I was thinking about going to my dentist and asking him to put it in the machine, how would i explain that?
              haha

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              • #8
                Re: I dropped my retainer in the toilet...

                I buy those denture cleaning tablets to clean my retainer, otherwise I put it in vinegar for awhile then brush it.

                From the sound of it though, your retainer should be pretty clean right now with everything you've done.
                Last edited by Tui; 06-21-2008, 04:56 PM.
                What an idiot....

                Yeah, I do that Twitter thing.

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                • #9
                  Re: I dropped my retainer in the toilet...

                  Just tell him the truth. We all do embarassing things in our life. I am sure there will be other times in your life you will have to explain something unusual that occurs. It is a part of life.

                  Perhaps a phone call to the dentist first. Explain what happened. It might be less embarassing over the phone. Then the dentist will be able to tell you the proper course of action.
                  BarbaraAnn

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                  • #10
                    Re: I dropped my retainer in the toilet...

                    You're probably safe after all you did to clean it ... after all, according to what I have heard and it's confirmed in Wikipedia ...
                    Urine excreted by healthy kidneys is sterile.

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                    • #11
                      Re: I dropped my retainer in the toilet...

                      Originally posted by mikeland View Post
                      You're probably safe after all you did to clean it ... after all, according to what I have heard and it's confirmed in Wikipedia ...
                      But I'm sure the other residue in the toilet isn't as sterile.
                      What an idiot....

                      Yeah, I do that Twitter thing.

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                      • #12
                        Re: I dropped my retainer in the toilet...

                        Well, I ended up buy some denture tablets, and used those for a bit, and its in my mouth at this moment.
                        Tastes fine! (ew..)
                        Thanks for all the help!

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