Bad breath? Mouth sores? Cracks at the corners of your mouth?
These are just some of the symptoms that may indicate your dentures are not cleaned well and may be the first signs that harmful bacteria have started to accumulate. To the naked eye your dentures will appear clean and shiny but in fact the surface is full of microscopic pores. These pockmarks are a harbour for pathogens and when your dentures are not cleaned on regular basis they will attach to them.
Recent studies from the U.S. and UK indicate that bad hygiene of your false teeth leads to systemic disease and even put you at risk for heart disease. The scientists have isolated Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus mutans, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Escherichia coli, and hundreds of other garden-variety germs in acrylic dentures.1,2 Worse, some of the germs such as staphylococcus aureus bacteria are drug resistant and some others such as MRSA live on dentures until they are breathed into the lungs. Then they may cause serious infections, pneumonia and other hard to treat systemic diseases. The bad hygiene of the dentures may also lead to denture induced stomatitis or oral thrush caused by the overgrowth of Candida albicans.
Unfortunately most denture wearers are unaware of the fact that the bad hygiene of their dentures can lead to so many life threatening conditions. They do not perform a routine professional clean ups of their false teeth, which is rated very low on their priority list. Denture owners with low saliva flow should be particularly concerned about the cleanliness of their dentures. So when you notice inflammation of gums, bad breath, cracks at the corner of your mouth and even mouth sores - don't ignore them! It is a sign that the plaque and bacteria accumulated around your dentures and became toxic. It is also a sign that you are long overdue for a visit to see your dental prosthetist for a professional clean up of your choppers.
For more information and to learn about DentureSpa (a professional denture clean up) please call DenturePoint on 0400919513 or check our website www.denturepoint.com.au
1 Marsh PD, Percival RS, Challacombe SJ. The influence of denture-wearing and age on the oral microflora. J Dent Res July 1992; 71(7):1374-1381.
2 Shay K. Denture hygiene: a review and update. J Contemp Dent Pract Feb. 2000; 2(1):28-41.