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Oral Health Topics


Key Points

  • Placing a denture in water (or a denture cleanser solution), when they are not being worn, helps the denture retain its shape, remain pliable and keeps it from drying out.
  • Dentures should never be placed in hot water, which could cause them to warp.
  • Neither bleach nor powdered household cleansers, which can be abrasive, should be used to clean dentures as they might damage the denture.
  • Denture adhesives are not a remedy for ill-fitting dentures, which may need to be relined or replaced to prevent oral sores from developing.
  • A company earns the ADA Seal of Acceptance by producing scientific evidence that demonstrates the safety and efficacy of its product, which the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs carefully evaluates according to objective requirements.
  • Introduction
  • Denture Cleansers
  • Denture Adhesives
  • ADA Seal of Acceptance
  • ADA Resources
Prepared by: Center for Scientific Information, ADA Science Institute
Last Updated: August 30, 2016


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