Denture Cleaners – Cleaning the Denture Root

By Colleen Burnett

Denture CleanersA denture cleaner acts to clean denture implants when they’re away from the mouth. The main function is to inhibit the proliferation of oral microorganisms in the denture, specifically Candida albican, thereby avoiding denture-related plaque. When denture implants are worn crookedly in the mouth, bacterial biofilm forms on them, which can be quite similar to ordinary dental plaque. Such a situation may result in the loosening or dislodging of denture roots, which further contributes to dental caries.

The best denture cleaners are applied to the denture root while it’s still inside the mouth and not yet removed. Care must be taken, however, that the cleaning agent used does not have any adverse effects on the patient’s gums or oral tissues. It may, for instance, cause dental sensitivity. Denture cleaners that work by killing plaque or stimulating dental saliva production are safe and do not have adverse effects on teeth or oral tissues.

Dental floss is also used in cleaning denture implants. However, denture cleaners have the same effect as that of dental floss and may cause oral irritation or discomfort. In addition, dental floss can’t reach into deep pockets where denture roots are placed. There are dental floss products which come equipped with tiny teeth-whitening devices. To increase convenience, there are also oral-cleaning toothpastes available in market.

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The best denture cleaners are those that are clinically proven to inhibit the proliferation of oral bacteria responsible for oral plaque and staining. Such products kill the anaerobic bacteria that grow in crevices of denture root and other oral tissues. There are certain oral antibiotics which act on the nerve endings of the bacteria. These antibiotics, in conjunction with certain cleaning agents, may also kill the anaerobic bacteria. Some denture cleaners also contain a chemical known as carbamide peroxide.

Carbamide peroxide is a bleaching agent that has been scientifically shown to inhibit bacterial growth in the denture root, the oral cavity adjacent to the denture. Oral antibiotics which act on the nerve endings of bacteria kill the bacteria. Dichlomidine is an oral antibiotic that acts on the nerve endings of the bacteria as well. Thus, carbamide peroxide acts on both the oral and denture surfaces in order to rid them of accumulated oral bacteria. In addition, denture cleaners have certain other active ingredients that help restore oral hygiene and prevent denture bacteria from growing.

There are certain products in the market which combine hydrogen peroxide with certain other chemicals. These chemicals react with the hydrogen peroxide and destroy the anaerobic bacteria that live in the denture root. However, it has been observed that in the long term such chemicals can cause tooth sensitivity or oral dryness. Hydrogen peroxide may also be damaging to the denture surface. Therefore, denture cleaners which use such combination of agents should be used with caution and under careful supervision of your dentist.

Certain denture cleaners contain triclosan. Triclosan is a chemical compound derived from the chlorine-based compounds of a chlorine factory. Such compounds are considered to be carcinogens. The State of California has banned the use of such compounds in dental handpieces because they have been shown to cause damage to the denture root, oral tissues in the oral cavity. However, there are still a few denture cleaners in the market which use such chemicals despite the ban.

To avoid causing harm to the denture root, the best thing to do is use denture cleaners only when the teeth are healthy. This is especially important in young teeth where the bacteria that cause infection are rampant. Your dentist will tell you what are the ideal times to clean the denture. But, you should make sure that you have regularly cleaned your denture for at least twice a year to reduce the risk of bacterial infections.