Cleaning Your Oral Appliance
Many cleaning products contain Potassium Pursulfate. The FDA has asked
the manufacturers of Fixodent, Polident, Efferdent and other denture cleaner
manufacturers to change the product labeling to include warnings about the risks of
allergic reactions which could be caused by persulfates. The FDA also asked the
manufacturers to consider alternate ingredients to replace persulfates.
Symptoms of allergic reactions to persulfates in cleaning solutions may
include tissue damage, rashes, hives or irritation, gum tenderness, breathing
problems and if ingested, could wreak havoc on the body. You can read more on
this at Ask The Dentist.
We have included a sample of Denta Soak which is persulfate and alcohol free to clean your appliance. The ingredients in Denta Soak are non-toxic and non- carcinogenic. Denta Soak is available for purchase thru Great Lakes Orthodontic Laboratory on line.
Other options recommended by our office are:
- Castile soap – A squirt of castile soap and baking soda in water to soak your
appliance- it will clean the appliance and the alkalinity in the baking soda will help
protect against gum disease.
- Lemon juice – 50:50 lemon juice and warm water, not to exceed 30 minute soak DO NOT USE THIS IF YOUR APPLIANCE HAS A SOFT LINER.
- White Vinegar – 1/3 cup white vinegar and 2/3 cup warm water soak 30 minutes DO NOT USE THIS IF YOUR APPLIANCE HAS A SOFT LINER.
- Baking soda – 2 teaspoons baking soda and 1 cup warm water: soak 30
- Hydrogen peroxide – 1:1 ratio with warm water: soak 30 minutes.
NEVER USE ANY BLEACH PRODUCT ON YOUR APPLIANCE!