Reducing the incidence of denture stomatitis: are denture cleansers sufficient?

J Prosthodont. 2010 Jun;19(4):252-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-849X.2009.00561.x. Epub 2010 Jan 22.


Purpose: Candida albicans is the predominant oral yeast associated with denture stomatitis. With an increasing population of denture wearers, the incidence of denture stomatitis is increasing. Effective management of these patients will alleviate the morbidity associated with this disease. The aim of this study was to examine the capacity of four denture cleansers to efficiently decontaminate and sterilize surfaces covered by C. albicans biofilms.

Materials and methods: Sixteen C. albicans strains isolated from denture stomatitis patients and strain ATCC 90028 were grown as mature confluent biofilms on a 96-well format and immersed in Dentural, Medical Interporous, Steradent Active Plus, and Boots Smile denture cleansers according to the manufacturers' instructions or overnight. The metabolic activity and biomass of the biofilms were then quantified, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) used to examine treated biofilms.

Results: Dentural was the most effective denture cleanser, reducing the biomass by greater than 90% after 20 minutes. Steradent Active plus was significantly more effective following 10-minute immersion than overnight (p < 0.001). All cleansers reduced the metabolic activity by greater than 80% following overnight immersion; however, Boots Smile exhibited significantly reduced metabolic activity following only a 15-minute immersion (p < 0.001). SEM revealed residual C. albicans material following Dentural treatment.

Conclusions: This study showed that denture cleansers exhibit effective anti-C. albicans biofilm activity, both in terms of removal and disinfection; however, residual biofilm retention that could lead to regrowth and denture colonization was observed. Therefore, alternative mechanical disruptive methods are required to enhance biofilm removal.

MeSH terms

  • Biofilms / drug effects
  • Candida albicans / drug effects*
  • Candidiasis, Oral / prevention & control
  • Chi-Square Distribution
  • Decontamination / methods*
  • Denture Cleansers / pharmacology*
  • Denture, Complete / microbiology
  • Humans
  • Statistics, Nonparametric
  • Stomatitis, Denture / prevention & control*


  • Denture Cleansers