Denture Cleansers

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Toxicity:  Minor toxicity expected after small, accidental ingestions of denture cleanser.

Expected symptoms:  Minor stomach upset, vomiting and diarrhea.

What to do:  Swish water in the mouth and spit out several times, or if this is a young child wipe the mouth with a soft, wet cloth.  When done rinsing, drink a serving of water or milk.

Quick Facts about denture cleansers:

Denture cleansers are intended to clean and disinfect dentures outside of the mouth.  The cleansers eliminate stains caused by foods and beverages, remove debris from between the teeth, and help stop the growth of harmful microorganisms on the denture surface.  Denture cleansers are available in various forms such as pastes, powders, and effervescent tablets.  Common ingredients include soaps, sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), citric acid, tetra acetyl ethylene diamine (an antimicrobial), and sodium perborate or potassium monopersulfate to clean and bleach the dentures.

Common calls to the poison center involve accidental ingestions of both the denture cleansers themselves or the water used to dissolve the effervescent tablets.  These can be irritating to the mouth and stomach.  If enough is swallowed, there may be vomiting and sometimes diarrhea, but no serious symptoms are expected after accidental ingestions.

If you find your child has eaten a denture cleanser, do not panic.  Take the cleanser away from them, wipe out the mouth with a soft, wet cloth and give them some water to drink.  Wash any exposed skin with soap and water.  If problems start or you have questions, call the Missouri Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222. The poison center is open all day, every day for poisoning emergencies and questions.

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