Many people don’t know that toothpaste is too abrasive for most removable oral appliances. Dentures, Mouth Guards and Retainers, for example, are softer than teeth so regular toothpaste and a toothbrush will damage the appliances and actually make them less clean. Though the scratches are microscopic, there will be a visible difference in shine and color and the appliance will become a breeding ground for bacteria.
This is why you should only use a soft brush and never use toothpaste on a denture.
One of the most prevalent infections to result from improper care is Candida Albicans –
Candida Albicans is a fungal yeast infection of the mouth that is a major cause of Denture Stomatitis and Oral Thrush. Candida is known for its resistance to antibiotics and clinical research has found that without proper cleaning, almost all removable oral appliances will eventually become infected over time.
Candida Albicans Causes Cheilitis and Oral Stomatitis
Certain mouth infections can be related to dentures. Candida, a fungal infection in and around the mouth, is the most common. However, Candida can have many manifestations.
Cheilitis is a painful and unsightly candida/yeast infection that typically causes cracking at the corners of the mouth. Candida can accumulate in old and/or dirty dentures and from there spread to certain areas of the mouth.
To prevent cheilitis (also called cheilosis), see your dentist regularly to make sure your dentures fit properly. Also, make sure you clean your dentures daily for 20 minutes with Cleanadent Cleansing Crystals and clean your Gums with Cleanadent Paste and or Wipes.
Oral or Denture Stomatitis. This is another infection that is caused by too much Candida. The symptoms of denture-induced stomatitis are subtle. The symptoms are small red bumps on the roof of your mouth &/or a general redness in the mouth, especially on the palate and ridges under your dentures.
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Cleanadent Cleansing Crystals Kill candida and strep in just 20 minutes.
Cleanadent Cleansing Crystals are the ideal cleanser for removable oral appliances. Clinical studies have shown that Cleanadent Crystals can kill Candida Albicans and Streptococcus in just 20 minutes on dentures, partials*, snoring and sleep apnea devices, guards and retainers. Providing up to 180 deep cleanings per box, the individually packaged Professional Strength Cleanadent Crystals are perfect for killing pathogens and removing heavy plaque, stains and calculus both at home or during a dental visit. Leave your mouth feeling fresh!