About Careers Internship MedBlog Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Study Warns of Killer Bugs in Dentures

by VR Sreeraman on April 8, 2012 at 1:33 PM
Font : A-A+

 Study Warns of Killer Bugs in Dentures

A new study has warned that dentures, despite its clean look, could be teeming with killer bugs like MRSA.

Researchers have advised that putting infected false teeth in a microwave oven for three minutes makes them safe.

Advertisement

Dentures are known to get covered with thin layers of bacteria called biofilms, which can lurk until they are breathed into the lungs.

Nearly 20 million people in the U.S. wear full or partial dentures often infected with MRSA or drug-resistant staphylococcus aureus bacteria.

The team of scientists from Brazil who carried out the research also suggested soaking them in a germicidal mouthwash solution of two per cent chlorhexidine gluconate for 10 minutes, the Daily Mail reported.
Advertisement

Either method is sufficient to disinfect dentures coated with the toughest MRSA biofilms for up to a week, according to the study led by Karen Tereza Altieri, a dentist at the Araraquara Dental School at the Universidade Estadual Paulista in Sao Paulo.

"To our knowledge, we are the first investigators to report the effectiveness of this method in killing MRSA," she said.

Leaving dentures in a glass overnight may not be enough to keep them clean, scientists say. Microwaving them for three minutes would be better, a study found.

MRSA, full name Meticillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, is a bacteria resistant to some antibiotics and usually found on false teeth, scientists said.

Experts in the U.S. have insisted that they recommend the methods to improve the oral hygiene of their patients following the study's results.

"We do know there are links between the bacteria in the mouth and systemic effects throughout the body," San Antonio dentist, who specializes in the repair and replacement of teeth, Victoria Vickers said.

The study has been published in the Journal of the American Dental Association.

Source: ANI
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
What's New on Medindia
World Heart Day in 2022- Use Heart for Every Heart
Anemia among Indian Women and Children Remains a Cause of Concern- National Family Health Survey-5
H1N1 Influenza Prevention in Children: What Parents Need to Know
View all
Recommended Reading
News Archive
Date
Category
News Category

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Vector-Borne Diseases Dentures 

Most Popular on Medindia

Drug Side Effects Calculator Diaphragmatic Hernia Nutam (400mg) (Piracetam) Drug Interaction Checker Noscaphene (Noscapine) Calculate Ideal Weight for Infants Iron Intake Calculator Daily Calorie Requirements Blood Donation - Recipients Drug - Food Interactions
This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use
open close
ASK A DOCTOR ONLINE

×

Study Warns of Killer Bugs in Dentures Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests