It is estimated that in today’s US, about 20 million people are using partial or full dentures. Certainly, both types of dentures require good care and regular cleaning, just like our teeth require daily brushing or flossing. Scientists underline that dirty dentures expose denture-wearers to increased risks of suffering from many serious diseases, both dental and the ones related to overall health. Dentures are covered with a great deal of bacteria which can be felt as a sticky layer sometimes referred to as biofilms. Such biofilms contain extreme amounts of bacteria like staphylococcus aureus, MRSA, and many others very dangerous ones which can cause dental and lung infections followed by other serious health conditions and diseases linked to our body’s important organs or systems. Such infections can be very hard to treat, and in the worst case scenario they can bring to developing of very serious and even terminal health conditions.
That is why all of us who are using dentures should never forget about oral hygiene and learn about the safest and the most effective dentures cleaning technologies. A group of dental care specialists at the Araraquara Dental School at the Universidade Estadual Paulista in Sao Paulo offer new interesting ways to clean dentures which are really very simple and effective. The first one is placing the dentures into a microwave oven for as much as three minutes. Another solution is also quite easy and can be good for disinfecting dentures: it is offered to place the dentures into a germicide rinse, or a solution of 2 per cent chlorhexidine gluconate, for as long as just 10 minutes.
According to the official report about this interesting research which was published recently in the Journal of the American Dental Association, both of these dentures cleaning technologies should be considered effective and perfectly enough to disinfect both partial or full dentures. You can read more information about the report here. There is also a third technology offered by the experts, which involves placing dentures fir cleaning into sodium hypochlorite for some time did not show the same excellent effects as the two dentures cleaning technologies mentioned before. Brazilian scientists underline that the third method can be used for cleaning dentures for only a short period of time, or should be supported with other effective ways of disinfecting the dentures.
Other dental care specialists valued highly the findings of the expert group from Brazil, especially the technology involving microwaving dentures as a great disinfecting approach. “To our knowledge, we are the first investigators to report the effectiveness of this method in killing MRSA,” said Karen Tereza Altieri, a study leader and a dental care expert at the Araraquara Dental School at the Universidade Estadual Paulista. She said that it is possible to implement this dentures cleaning technique by using any type of microwave oven with over 650 watt capacity. She says that the offered technologies are very simple and can assist to all denture-wearers around the world to ward off infections and stay healthy for many years.