Microorganisms, like Candida albicans, will grow on dentures in the mouth in the same way that dental plaque will grow on a person’s natural teeth. This can result in Candida associated denture induced stomatitis, a condition that leads to inflammation and redness of oral mucous membranes.
Over time, the biofilm that develops on dentures may harden and become difficult if not impossible to remove. Denture cleaners remove not only the biofilm, but also stains and other forms of debris that food and tobacco use may cause on dentures. Many denture cleaners have sodium hypochlorite as their primary cleaning ingredient. This is mixed with sodium bicarbonate, citric acid, potassium monopersulfate, and sodium perborate to produce the cleaning effect.
Types of Denture Cleaners
Denture cleaners can be broken into four categories. There are pastes, solutions, wipes, and tablets. Each one of these options has advantages and disadvantages. A denture wearer does not have to rely exclusively on one of the four types of denture cleaners. In fact, in the same way that it is recommended that a person brush, floss, and use mouthwash to maintain their natural teeth, it is also recommended that a denture wearer mix and match these four types of cleaners in order to have the best effect.
This product is very similar to toothpaste. The only difference between denture paste and toothpaste is that denture paste is made using a formula that is a lot more gentle. The reason for this is that dentures are not as strong as a person’s natural teeth. A paste that is too abrasive can damage dentures. It is recommended that denture paste be used regularly after every meal. It is applied using a toothbrush.
Tablets are effervescent denture cleaners. What this means is that when the tablet interacts with water, it creates a fizz. The chemicals contained in the tablet remove stain and breakdown plaque buildup on dentures. At the same time, the movement of the water created by the fizzing helps in the denture cleaning process. Some tablets are designed to clean dentures in just a few minutes, while others are formulated to work overnight.
Denture cleaning solutions work similarly to tablets. The denture user will place their dentures in a container with water and add a few drops of the solution to the water. In most cases, denture solutions are not effervescent. Whether a person is using tablets or solutions, it is not recommended to soak dentures in hot water since hot water can minimize the structural integrity of dentures.
Denture cleaning wipes are not made to do deep cleaning or to penetrate into the crevices of the dentures like other cleaning solutions do. They are simply designed to provide a quick, superficial cleaning until the dentures can be soaked or brushed.
In the same way that oral care is important for individuals with their natural teeth, keeping dentures clean is essential to maintaining overall health. It prevents infections, irritations, and promotes a clean mouth and fresh breath.
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