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Dentures May Be Putting You At Risk For Mrsa And Other Health Risks
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Dentures May Be Putting You at Risk for Mrsa And Other Health Risks

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warn that more than twenty million people in the United States could be at a dramatically increased risk for infections from bacteria, including the super bug, MRSA from a very common source. Those people are all denture wearers and the risk comes from biofilm which adheres to their dentures. That bioflim, made up of common germs could also be a source of more dangerous bacteria and increases their risk of major health concerns, including life threatening conditions like heart or lung diseases.

According to estimates by the CDC, about one one quarter of the people in the United States ages 65-74 are without any natural teeth of their own, relying on either full or partial dentures in most of those cases. But, in many of those cases, the denture wearers are not taking proper care of their teeth, including daily brushing or cleaning and more in depth disinfecting. Experts also warn that many of those decades old dentures are likely to be made of different materials than the standards for these days, possibly increasing the risk of these biofilms as well as pitting or holes which could be even more difficult to clean and increasing the risk of these infections.

Scientists in Brazil have studied methods for cleaning dentures, finding two different ways to disinfect them for long term bacteria killing. A third method is used for short term cleaning only. The first of the methods is also the simplest for most people and involves putting the dentures in the microwave for three minutes, found to be effective for killing even the MRSA bugs. The second method is a ten minute soak in a solution of two percent chlorhexidine gluconate. Both methods are deemed acceptable by the American Dental Association according to an article published in the industry's journal. The third method is a soak in a solution of sodium hypochlorite but should be reserved for short term disinfection only.

The concern about biofilms and the increase of MRSA being found in them is more than a dental concern warns the ADA. Numerous studies have linked oral bacteria to an increased risk of heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and aspiration pneumonia among others. People with injuries or sores in their mouths are also at higher risk for these germs to make it directly into the blood stream, leading to systemic infections which can be fatal in many cases.


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Very important info. Thanks for the article Amie.

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