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. For a detailed explanation of the best way to safely clean and care for specific oral appliances, please visit our Cleaning Tips page. These recommendations have been developed by Lorin Berland, DDS after over 35 years of treating and listening to patients with oral appliances.
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. Once you have a well-fitting denture, a strong oral hygiene routine is essential to preventing infections and disease. A highly effective cleansing routine should include a daily soak for 5-20 minutes with a cleansing powder, like Cleanadent Crystals and for best results, with a Sonic Cleaner. To maintain a healthy mouth and gums, brush gently with Cleanadent Paste. This will also prevent discomfort related to Dry Mouth.
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 Crystals is the only soak cleanser that instantly kills pathogens like Candida, Strep, Staph and Actinomyces on all removable oral appliances out the use of bleach or chlorine. These pathogens are the leading causes of Oral Thrush, Stomatitis and Pneumonia, and anyone with an oral appliance is at a high risk of infection. Cleanadent Crystals completely eliminate odor, remove heavy stains and disinfect appliances. Ideal for Dentures, Partials, Retainers, Aligners, Sleep Apnea Device, Mouth and Night Guards.