Thursday, 10 May 2012

MRSA on false teeth?

Scientists (whoever they are) are saying that the MRSA bug causing all sorts of problems in hospitals is usually present on false teeth, making them potentially harmful! Leaving them in water overnight will not get rid of it. There has been research reported in the Journal of the American Dental Association from a team in Brazil that claim microwaving false teeth for 3 minutes gets rid of the problem! Not sure if that might not cause a denture to warp and lose fit. Soaking in 2% chlorhexidine (the same stuff as is in Corsodyl mouthwash) for 10 minutes could also make them safe (but might stain them?). No report on the efficacy of standard cleaners eg Steradent. Think the moral of the story is avoid the need to wear dentures.