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Is it safe to use chlorhexidine gluconate oral rinse to disinfect retainers and dentures?

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Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 42 years experience
Safe - yes: Best to scrub with toothpaste and then soak in an antimicrobial effervescent cleaner ( efferdent, etc. ) the Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) won't clean nearly as well, but won't hurt them eother.
Dr. Lance Panarello
Dentistry 25 years experience
Unsure if effective: It will definitely kill bacteria, unsure if it will be broad enough to be considered disinfected. It does have a tendency to produce staining.
Dr. Joseph Greenberg
Specializes in Prosthodontics
Yes: Absolutely safe and a good idea.
Dr. James Vito
Prosthodontics 38 years experience
Yes: Chlorhexidine is an anti microbial rinse. You can soak your dentures in it. Caution, may stain dentures but should be easily removed with tooth brush and tooth paste.

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