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Is Silver the Key to Infection-Free Dentures?

Denture-related stomatitis is an annoying but common condition affecting denture wearers. Quality dentures that fit right help prevent infection, and proper denture care can reduce the risk of infection still further. But even with the best-fitting and best-cared for dentures, candida infections can still be a problem.

That’s why people are eager to find a solution to this problem, and sometimes this makes them vulnerable to claims by alternative health practitioners who are trying to sell them untested and potentially harmful treatments.

Killing Candida without Killing Yourself

dreamstime_xs_13809472Silver has been shown to be an effective way to impair the growth of Candida fungus, but there’s a problem–it’s toxic to us, too. Although natural medicine practitioners might claim otherwise, ingesting large amounts of silver can be dangerous. Silver toxicity can result in nerve damage, dangerous levels of weight loss, inactivity, and even death.

Talk to your doctor before trying any silver-based supplement for the control of Candida and other infections.

A successful Candida prevention strategy depends on  finding out which types of silver are most toxic to Candida while being less toxic to us. Silver nanoparticles seem to have the best combination of being damaging to Candida at levels that are safe for our tissues.

How Will We Use Silver in Dentures?

But discovering the proper form of silver against Candida is only part of the problem. Next we have to figure out how we might incorporate silver safely into a denture so that it will resist Candida infections.

One proposed approach is to incorporate silver nanoparticles into a soft lining. This has many benefits. It can be used for any dentures, can be used on a short-term basis to target infections. This can reduce the denture wearers’ exposure to silver, and would not require a person to get new dentures to fight Candida. The biggest problem with this approach is that it’s only been moderately effective.

More effective, in experiments, at least, is incorporating silver nanoparticles directly into the denture. Multiple trials have confirmed the effectiveness of this technique, but we have to remember that it’s never been tested in a person’s mouth, and there’s no timetable for when this might be available.

So, although we might look forward to the use of silver in dentures to protect against Candida, it’s not likely to be available any time soon.

If you would like to learn about the best approaches available today for combating Candida infections in your dentures, please contact a local FOY® Dentures dentist today.

By |February 16th, 2015|Home Care, Health|

About the Author:

This post was written by Rod Strickland. Dr. Strickland is a dentist in Savannah, GA. He is the inventor of the Denture Fountain of Youth® technique.