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MOST PEOPLE DON'T CLEAN THEIR DENTAL APPLIANCES PROPERLY...ARE YOU ONE OF THEM?

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WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO PROPERLY CLEAN CLEAR ALIGNERS?


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Antimicrobial Activity of Various Disinfectants to Clean Thermoplastic Polymeric Appliances in Orthodontics

4.2. Changes in Physical Properties

The physical properties of the materials used are critical for establishing a successful orthodontic treatment, both in terms of tooth movement and retention, because mechanical or chemical cleaning may cause scratching on a material surface. According to a study that used different types of chemical cleaners for 6 consecutive months, Retainer Brite® could most effectively affect surface roughness when synthesizing an Essix C+ retainer made of polypropylene/ethylene. Furthermore, the presence of 3% hydrogen peroxide can alter flexural modulus. Studies on polyurethane found that Invisalign® cleaning crystal, Polident®, and Listerine® can cause the most changes in light transmittance. However, it’s reported that patients showed severe gingival inflammation and tooth decay after 4 months of eating and drinking without cleaning the appliance. Thus, cleaning/disinfection of TOAs is important to maintain oral health and hygiene. 

Chemical disinfectants can use corrosion of the thermoplastic appliances and change in color, resulting in shorter service life. It is difficult to determine the optimum disinfection time interval of chemical disinfectants, and most often, the treatments are not aligned with the consumer use patterns, making it difficult in regard to cleaning patterns. 


BENEFITS OF OAP CLEANER FOR CLEANING CLEAR ALIGNERS

Recommended by Thousands of Dental Hygienists
  • OAP is BPA, persulfate and chlorine-free, and is completely safe to use on Invisalign, as well as Invisalign storage containers
  • PH Neutral to Ensure No Expensive Materials are Warped or Corroded
  • Kills 99.9% of Harmful Bacteria, Not Just ODOR Causing
  • OAP provides instant cleaning of Invisalign takes only 60 seconds to use
  • The carefully formulated, proprietary cleaning solution is effective at cleaning and sanitizing all types of braces and clear tooth alignment systems

Why you need to clean RETAINERS

An effective retainer cleaner is the key to keeping any type of orthodontic retainer looking clean and smelling good. Cleaning retainers regularly also keeps them germ-free and helps them last longer. When it comes to the best way to clean retainers, the type of material your retainer is made from should not have a major impact in how it is cared for.

The key to proper retainer cleaning is to remove debris, as well as germs, on a regular basis and to do so in a way that does not harm the structure of the appliance. If left to build up, deposits can cause odor, discoloration and can even potentially lead to illness.

If you wear an orthodontic bite plate, the process of cleaning bite plates is the same as it is for cleaning retainers.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO PROPERLY CLEAN YOUR DENTURES?

Because plaque and calculus can build up on dentures, just as they do on natural teeth, daily cleaning of dentures is recommended. Regular cleaning of dentures is essential to the oral and general health of denture wearers.



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WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO PROPERLY CLEAN SPORTS MOUTHGUARDS?

The characteristics of the microorganisms isolated from the mouthguards enable them to disseminate systemically and/or be aspirated into the respiratory tract


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Microbial Contamination and Disinfection of Sport Mouthguard: In Vitro Study.

Sport mouthguards are dental devices used by athletes who need oral protection during sports activities. Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA), a polymeric polymer of ethylene and vinyl acetate, has become widely accepted as a mouthguard material. There are several issues related to the use of an oral protective device, especially for professional athletes who are subjected to several hours of workout everyday [[ 1]–[ 5]]. Glass et al. [[ 6]] reported an increase of oral lesions in athletes who had used stock mouthguards for an entire agonistic season. Furthermore, mouthguard conditions after wear may facilitate disease transmission (e.g. endocarditis). In fact, the continuous solutions caused by worn mouthguards would facilitate the entry into the bloodstream of all the microorganisms present on mouthguard surfaces. This condition occurs when jagged and sharp areas of the posterior regions of the mouthguards are in close proximity to the pterygoid venous plexus. revention of oral damage, caused by pathogen's flora to hard and soft tissues, can be done by following the basic oral hygiene rules before sport activity and cleaning the device after each use [[10]]. Preservation and cleaning of the mouthguard are often overlooked by athletes who easily tend to abandon this task. Namba et al. [[11]] conducted an interview to 22 rugby players, with an appropriate level of school education, to understand their habits and attitudes towards the hygiene and the use of mouthguards. Only two of them reported to have been correctly guided by a sport dentist on methods to sanitize their mouthguard. When asked if they performed some type of mouthguard cleaning, only one answered that always cleaned it with water.


WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO PROPERLY CLEAN INSTRUMENT MOUTHPIECES?

When various parts of woodwind and brass instruments are used, they become repositories for the users’ oral and pulmonary secretions 


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WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO PROPERLY CLEAN YOUR TOOTHBRUSH?

Toothbrushes in daily use can be heavily contaminated with microorganisms, that are mainly depending upon storage conditions


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Efficacy of Different Sterilization Techniques for Toothbrush Decontamination: An Ex Vivo Study

Abstract

Background

Contaminated toothbrushes can cause several oral and systemic illnesses. This study aimed to identify the most rapid, effective, and affordable method for toothbrush decontamination. In addition, the most prevalent bacterial species colonizing toothbrushes were determined.

Methodology

Toothbrushes were collected after two weeks of use by 55 volunteers. The bacterial count was measured before and after sterilization using 0.2% chlorhexidine gluconate, 0.1% Listerine, 70% white alcohol, 10% povidone-iodine, 1% sodium hypochlorite, 2% glutaraldehyde, ultraviolet radiation, microwave irradiation, 3% hydrogen peroxide, and 100% white vinegar, with tap water rinse as the control.

Other Results

The toothbrush samples were also colonized by several different types of bacteria. The most common colonizing bacterial species included Bacillus subtilis (28% prevalence), Sacrina (26% prevalence), and Streptococcus pneumoniae (24% prevalence).

Conclusions

Because bacterial contamination cannot be eliminated and different species colonize toothbrush surfaces, cleaning and disinfection are essential to prevent disease transmission.

Assari A S, Mohammed Mahrous M, Ahmad Y A, et al. (January 11, 2022) Efficacy of Different Sterilization Techniques for Toothbrush Decontamination: An Ex Vivo Study. Cureus 14(1): e21117. doi:10.7759/cureus.21117


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