Are you looking to get your dentures as clean as they possibly can be? Brushing and soaking are only so effective. They can’t really dislodge everything that gets collected on your dentures down to a microscopic or microorganism level.
Dentist offices have a device called an ultrasonic cleaner that they use for getting their instruments and dentures clean. The good news is that you too can have one of these units to do your own ultrasonic cleaning for dentures!
How Does an Ultrasonic Cleaner Work?
Ultrasonic cleaning uses a property called cavitation in order to clean your dentures. The process is rather simple. The device is filled with a bath of water or denture safe cleaning solution. Your dentures are placed into a tray or basket that is submerged into the pool. There is a diaphragm that vibrates at a very high rate of speed that creates microscopic bubbles in the bath. Those bubbles then impact the surface of the dentures creating a scrubbing-type action. However, the energy that is released by cavitation is much higher than you could get simply by scrubbing with a brush. The microscopic bubbles can get into every crevice and pore in your dentures, and get them as clean as possible.
Don’t confuse an ultrasonic cleaner with a sonic unit. Sonic units operate at a much lower frequency and operate more like soaking in a bath. They do not use cavitation but simply the motion of the fluid around the dentures to clean them.
Does It Really Work?
Research has shown that soaking and brushing can only get your dentures so clean. Research from 2000 showed that when looking at the surface of dentures with an electron microscope there was a large amount of leftover debris. This is simply a result of all of the small nooks and pores that your dentures have. Brushing can’t be expected to be able to get into these small areas to clean.
What Is the Ultrasonic Cleaning Process?
How does the process work? Prior to using your ultrasonic unit, give your dentures a good thorough brushing. This will get large particles away and loosen up smaller particles, making it easier for the ultrasonic cleaner to work. Typically, you will fill a small denture cleaning unit with the cleaning solution that you use to clean your dentures. There are many different cleaning solutions out there to choose from.
Put your dentures into the unit. If you are going to be sharing the unit with another person, you could even put yours and theirs into a sealed bag of solution to ensure no mixing of germs.
Finally, you set the unit to go and walk away. The cycle will take around five minutes, and one cycle is typically enough to get your dentures clean. There may be cases that heavy stains will require more to get fully cleaned.
Omegasonics Has What You Need for Ultrasonic Cleaning for Dentures. Go here to see what units we have that would help you with ultrasonic cleaning for dentures.