It may be as important as ever for orthodontists to make sure the retainers and braces they prescribe for patients are clean. And it’s even more important for the patients to keep them clean.
A new study showed that MRSA, a condition that could lead to blood poisoning, was found on retainers. MRSA is a strain of bacteria that is resistant to antibiotics and could be life-threatening.
The research also showed that about two out of three retainers has some kind of yeast associated with fungal infections.
This information was generated by the UCL Eastman Dental Institute in London. These bacterial problems could lead tooth decay, gum disease and other serious dental problems.
Despite the potential bacteria problems associated with these appliances, they can be avoided without much extra work. If a person brushes regularly and keeps his or her teeth in good condition, that is the first requirement. The only other necessary step would be to then rinse the retainer off regularly and let it air out.