Cleaning your dentures efficiently is very important, as the resin that part of your dentures is made from contains tiny microscopic holes that can collect food debris and bacteria.
This leads to plaque growth and contamination of your dentures. According to a study carried out by Dr Glass et al, on the 'Comparison of the Effectiveness of Several Denture Sanitizing Systems', if this contamination is not addressed, and continuous reinfection occurs, it can lead to microbial diseases that can cause systemic diseases. As dentures are made from porous materials, even after cleaning food debris and bacteria can still remain, so it is vital that a thorough cleansing is undertaken on a regular basis.
- Stand over a sink or basin as dentures are very fragile and if dropped can easily break.
- It is recommended that you use a specifically made denture brush to remove stains and debris from the denture.
- After brushing away visible debris immerse your denture in a container containing warm water and an anti-bacteria denture cleaning tablet.
- While your denture is out take the opportunity to clean your gums with a soft textured toothbrush, this will help to remove dead skin cells and improve blood circulation in the gum.
- Clean dentures at least once a day.
- Leave to soak in an anti-bacterial solution.
- Do not use ordinary toothpaste or harsh products as they may scratch the surface of the denture.
- Do not use bleaches or whiteners and products like bleach as they will turn the parts of your denture that are pink - white.
- Avoid using boiling water, dishwasher or the microwave to clean or soak your dentures because it will warp them.
- Some denture cleaners like Sterident contain bleach and as such it is not advised to leave soaking overnight.
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It is estimated that roughly half of all denture wearers will use an adhesive to keep their dentures in place and improve comfort. For some, this is just for the first few months while their gums settle down and their mouth gets used to the prosthesis, for others an adhesive will be required for the life of their denture.
In terms of retention and stability, lower dentures are the most problematic due to the much smaller surface area with which to adhere and the disruptive action of the tongue. With an estimated 12 million denture wearers who use an adhesive in the UK alone, it is thought that 35% of these will have problems, even once their dentures have settled down. This is because most denture adhesives work by thickening the saliva to create suction between gum and denture.
A fundamental problem with most denture adhesives is that they are water-soluble and are diluted and swallowed when users eat or drink, as well as by natural saliva production. There is one range of adhesives that we have found that is not water soluble and appears to provide considerably better retention than other leading brands. In trials conducted by University of Michigan, Secure® Denture Adhesive scored 80% user satisfaction on both upper and lower dentures, with 72% of participants considering it to be superior to Fixodent, Super Poligrip, Effergrip and Orafix. Many adhesives on the market also actually require saliva to be present in order for the product to have a 'suction' effect between the gums and the dentures. For people who suffer from a dry mouth condition, these products can be ineffective. Secure® Denture Adhesive adheres to the gum and the denture without the need for saliva and as such does not require a suction effect to hold the dentures in place.
Secure® Denture Adhesives come in two different forms; a Bonding Cream and Adhesive Strips (suitable for lower dentures only) so there is a choice between
People who wear dentures and use denture adhesives need to be aware of a possible complication concerning the amounts of zinc in the preparations of these adhesives. Although zinc is an important trace mineral and an essential part of a healthy diet, as it helps the immune system, too much zinc can be dangerous. Having high levels of zinc in your system can be toxic but it can also lead to low amounts of copper in your body. Copper is important because it is necessary to maintain healthy bones and connective tissue. Low levels of copper can lead to suppression of the bone marrow, and slow degeneration of the spinal cord. The result of this can be crippling nerve damage.
The link between zinc poisoning and denture adhesives only became apparent when cases of people who had developed difficulty walking, and weakness in the limbs were investigated. They were found to have very low levels of copper in their systems and doctors soon realised that this was due to zinc poisoning, but how had the patients involved been exposed to zinc? In 2007, an Italian doctor, Marco Spinazzi, made a tenuous connection to denture adhesives.
This has since been confirmed. The problem arose when people who had ill fitting dentures were using massive amounts of the denture adhesives Fixodent or Poligrip. Although both products contained less zinc than a daily multivitamin, because denture wearers were using so much of the product, they were wildly exceeding the recommended dose. This lead to the zinc poisoning.
Symptoms of zinc poisoning are numbness and movement difficulty affecting the feet and legs. This soon progresses to the arms, and patients begin losing their sense of balance. Other symptoms include weakness and fatigue, poor immune and thyroid functions, diminished pigment in skin and hair, osteoporosis, problems with joints, ruptured blood vessels, and an irregular heart beat. As dentures are worn regularly, they fit onto the gums and with age, your mouth will