Could Your Denture Cleaner Kill You?


It’s the middle of the night, and you wake up with serious heartburn and indigestion. Like a lot of people you head to the bathroom to grab an alka seltzer. You tear the packet open, drop it in a glass of water, and the next thing you realize you’re throwing up and convulsing on your way to the emergency room.

It’s a scary scenario, and it does happen. We’re talking about persulfate poisoning. Persulfate is a chemical used in most denture cleaners, and it’s potentially deadly. Those that aren’t poisoned through ingestion often experience allergic reactions as well – it’s just plain dangerous!

We treat a lot of denture patients at Panama City Smiles, so it’s our duty to make sure you know about this risk and what you can do about it.

Denture Cleaner: What’s The Danger?

When you drop a denture cleaning tablet into a glass of water it fizzes and bubbles up, helping to release bacteria, food particles, and other gunk from your dentures. A large reason it can do this is because of persulfate, making it a very effective part of denture hygiene.

You should always rinse your dentures off in the morning to remove all of the cleaner, but even that’s not always effective. Plenty of denture wearers report symptoms of a persulfate allergy, yet it often goes undiagnosed because the symptoms are so similar to sensitive gums or a bacterial infection.

Persulfate allergies usually result in:

  • irritated gums
  • sores and rashes on the gums
  • tissue discoloration
  • gum tenderness
  • breathing trouble

These problems can seem minor at first, and a lot of patients dismiss them since they usually fade during the course of the day. But what if you could get rid of them entirely? Not a bad idea!

Persulfate poisoning is much less common but it can happen, and when it does it can easily kill. Accidental ingestion of denture water and tablets, or even thinking that the tablet can be used in the mouth, has all happened.

If you are poisoned by persulfate you could experience:

  • tissue burns on gums, lips, mouth, and fingers
  • abdominal pain
  • vomiting
  • blood in your urine
  • internal bleeding
  • low blood pressure
  • trouble breathing
  • seizures
  • sudden death

None of these are good prospects. They can be avoided by being aware of your denture cleaner and its dangers, but why not eliminate the risk entirely by getting rid of persulfate?

Persulfate-Free Denture Cleaners

There are a few brands of persulfate-free denture cleaner available – take a look next time you go to the store to restock.

If you would prefer to go the all-natural route we have the perfect suggestion: castile soap! It’s made from olive oil and is the perfect alternative to chemical-heavy cleaners. It will get your dentures just as clean and fresh without any of the risks!

Another Alternative

Hearing all this might make you wish you could just get rid of your dentures for good, and guess what? You can at Panama City Smiles! We offer state-of-the-art dental implants that can be custom tailored to permanently replace your partial or full dentures.

A series of dental implants placed with pinpoint accuracy can be used to mount crowns, bridges, or even a full mouth of teeth that stay in place permanently. Imagine never having to buy denture cleaner again – that’s just one of the benefits of dental implants!

Implants are titanium screws that are placed right in your jaw where the roots of your teeth used to be. It only takes about four dental implants to support a full arch of teeth, and in many cases, we can do the whole thing in one visit – you could actually leave with new teeth in just a day!

Imagine coming to our Panama City office and leaving without ever having to worry about dentures again – that’s the life transformation that we can get you with dental implants. Persulfate, falling teeth, and a cluttered bathroom counter will all be things of the past!

Change Your Life: Start Today

If you want to look back at this blog post and say “thank goodness I don’t have to worry about that anymore,” then it’s time to start planning your dental implant procedure. You can call us today and we’ll get you in whenever is best for you!

Request an appointment online, or simply call our office at 850-588-0185. We look forward to seeing you soon!



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