How to Care For Your Dental Appliance
Care Instructions for your Dental Appliance
All Dental Appliances need meticulous care and cleaning on a daily basis to prevent oral infections. Dental appliances have a slightly grainy surface when viewed under a microscope and hence become a reservoir for pathogenic micro-organisms such as Candida Albicans (Thrush), staphylococcus aureus (M.R.S.A.), or viruses such as Herpes simplex (Cold sores). These viruses can cause serious local infection such as gingivitis or stomatitis. A typical infection caused by contaminated oral devices is denture stomatitis. This has been diagnosed in over 60% of all denture wearers. Typical symptoms of denture stomatitis include red and swollen palatal mucosa, general gum pain, altered taste sensations, stinging, itching and burning sensations in the mouth, this not only occurs in denture wearers but anyone who wears a dental appliance.
Dental appliances like bite splints, dentures and orthodontic appliances are made of porous material in which micro-organisms can infiltrate and build up, eventually causing local infections that induce local discomfort such as:
- Burning sensations
- Generalized gum pain
- Cracked mouth corners (cheilitis)
- Bad breath (halitosis)
Candida Albicans biofilm formation is one of the main causes of dental appliance stomatitis and cannot be removed easily by daily routine cleaning procedures.
The only cleaning product recommended by Smilelign is NitrAdine®
NitrAdine® is Compatible with all types of dental appliances