Denture Cleaners: Know The Hidden Risk

If you wear dentures you may be avoiding a fatal toxin every day – do you know what it is? Most denture cleaners contain it, and it has the potential to kill yet very few people know what it is.

It’s called persulfate, and it’s incredibly dangerous. It’s also incredibly good at cleaning dentures, and that’s the problem. We have plenty of denture patients at Northwest Dental Group, and we’d be irresponsible if we didn’t take the time to inform all of you about this danger lurking in your bathroom!

Are You Allergic To Your Denture Cleaner?

Persulfate is a cleaner that does a great job of stripping bacteria and food particles from your dentures, but along with that it’s toxic and a a very common allergen too. A lot of people who think their dentures are irritating their mouths are actually dealing with a persulfate allergy the don’t know they had.

You should always rinse your dentures off before you put them in, but that doesn’t mean all the persulfate is getting rinsed off properly. If any is left on your dentures you may experience:

  • Irritation, sores, or rashes in your mout
  • Tissue damage
  • Tenderness in your gums
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Low blood pressure

Any of these symptoms should prompt you to discontinue the use of your persulfate denture cleaner immediately. These allergies don’t cause lasting harm, but they are an indicator that you should definitely switch to a different product!

Persulfate Poisoning: It’s Deadly!

We want to be clear about something: being poisoned by persulfate is rare and it’s also somewhat hard to accomplish. If it does happen, however, it’s extremely dangerous.

Persulfate poisoning can happen through ingestion of a tablet or a glass of cleaner water. There have been cases of patients mistaking their denture cleaner for alka seltzer, tablets for antacids, and even children thinking they’re candy – all with fatal consequences.

Keep your denture cleaner in a distinctly marked container and safe location – you don’t want an accident to lead to loss of life!

Persulfate poisoning can present symptoms like:

  • Tissue burns
  • Tissue bleaching
  • Stomach pain
  • Vomiting
  • Internal bleeding
  • Blood in the urine
  • Trouble breathing
  • Low blood pressure
  • Seizures
  • Sudden death

Avoid Persulfate Problems By Switching Cleaners

There’s an easy way to avoid these toxic results: switch to a non-persulfate cleaner. There are several readily available brands that you can find at the grocery or drugstore – just check the ingredients.

There’s actually an even easier and cheaper method of cleaning your dentures, and it’s all natural too: castile soap! This olive oil based soap is perfectly effective and can be purchased in liquid form. It’s a great alternative to chemical cleaners

You Could Get Rid Of Dentures Completely

If you don’t even want to deal with dentures after hearing all this we understand – and we can help! Northwest Dental Group is proud to offer dental implants that can completely replace your dentures! Using the All-On-Four and All-On-Six methods we can use a series of dental implants to completely replace your dentures with teeth that stay in place permanently!

Imagine going back to the time when you could eat without any problems, talk without fear, and enjoy your daily life without worrying over tricky, uncomfortable dentures. You’ll never have to take them out again, caring for them is just as easy as natural teeth, and they’re just as reliable and sturdy.

Implants are small titanium screws that are permanently embedded in your jaw right where your tooth roots used to be. It only takes them a few months to heal and fuse to your bone, and once they do we’ll attach your new permanent teeth! Implants allow patients to get between 90 and 100 percent of the bite force they used to have – that’s far beyond what dentures are capable of!

Stop Worrying About Dentures And Live With Permanent Teeth!

Getting dental implants could change your life completely – you’ll have more confidence, you’ll be able to eat all your favorite foods again, and you won’t have to worry about toxic denture cleaners either. We’d love to show you how you can benefit from dental implants placed and restored at our Rochester office, so don’t wait – call us today!

You can schedule an appointment online or you can request one by calling us at 507-216-6252. We look forward to seeing you soon!