- April 15, 2016
Dentures: you can’t live without them, but sometimes it sure feels like you can’t live with them either! If you’ve been wearing full or partial dentures for any length of time you know how miserable they can be. They slip, they slide, they fall out of place and embarrass you … and then there’s the cleaning!
Plenty of denture wearers just like you have a counter littered with denture paraphernalia. But what many people don’t know is that there’s a potential toxin lurking in their denture cleaners that could be deadly! We want to keep our denture patients at Brandon Family Dental safe – do you know what’s in your denture cleaner?
A Potentially Deadly Chemical
Imagine this: you wake up in the middle of the night with horrible heartburn. You head to the bathroom to grab a tablet of alka seltzer, tear it open, and drop it in your water. The next thing you remember you’re waking up in the emergency room in excruciating pain.
That has happened to patients who use persulfate denture cleaners in the past. Persulfate is a common chemical in denture cleaners, but it’s also potentially deadly. Making a mistake like the one above could even cost you your life!
Persulfate works, but it comes with a pretty big risk: it’s toxic and it triggers a lot of allergic reactions as well. Have you been wondering why your denture soften cause sores, sensitivity in your gums, rashes, or bleeding? You might be allergic to persulfate.
That’s one of the most dangerous aspects of it: you don’t even need to ingest it to feel the ill effects – just a little bit of cleaner left on your dentures could trigger a serious reaction if you’re allergic.
Persulfate Poisoning: A Frightening Risk
It might seem ridiculous to think about drinking persulfate denture water, but it has happened. There have also been reports of patients eating tablets, young children thinking they’re candy, and any other accident you can think of.
Persulfate poisoning is incredibly dangerous, if not deadly. Symptoms can include:
- intense stomach pain
- blood in the urine
- internal bleeding
- burns to exposed tissue
- trouble breathing
- low blood pressure
- sudden death
Alternatives To Persulfate Cleaners
It can be terrifying to think of using persulfate after that – you might have already dashed to the bathroom to see what’s in your cleaner! There are alternatives, thankfully, and you can probably find them at your drugstore.
Fresh Guard and DentaSoak are both great persulfate-free cleaners, but there’s even something simpler: castile soap! Just a few squirts of this olive-oil based cleaner can leave you with clean, fresh dentures that you’ll never have to worry about!
Sick Of The Denture Doldrums?
If you’re like any number of the patients we see at our Ortonville dentist office you’re probably plain tired of your dentures. If that’s the case we welcome you to consider an amazing alternative to those uncomfortable, unreliable teeth: dental implants.
Implants are titanium screws that are placed directly into your jaw, where they heal and bond to your bone to be just as strong as a natural tooth. We can even use a series of dental implants to place a permanent full mouth bridge that will completely replace your dentures!
The All-On-Four fixed bridge system will give you a permanent set of teeth that you never have to take out again. You’ll just have to brush them like you used to with your natural ones – that’s it! Imagine living life without the hassle of dentures ever again!
We can also use a series of dental implants to give support to your removable dentures. Using a series of metal balls or a bar that pair with sockets or clasps on your dentures we can give you true reliability while still retaining removability!
Implant retained dentures are a great way to continue living with dentures but with the support you’ve always wanted: just snap them in place when you wake up and pop them out in the evening – that’s it!
Ready To Find Out More?
Whether you’d like advice for living with dentures, tips for keeping them clean, or are ready to change your life with dental implants, our Ortonville team is ready to see you!