Written by Dentistry Today Thursday, 14 April 2011 12:33
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.