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  • Dentists
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Dental Assisting
Hours: 2 Contact Hours
  • J. A. von Fraunhofer, MSc, PhD, FADM, FRSC
  • Stanley J. Lech, BS, MBA
Peer Reviewer(s): Veronica Powers, DMD
Item#: L0806
Contents: 1 Course Book (32 pages)
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Denture Cleansing: An Essential Part of Patient Care, 2nd Edition

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Item # L0806
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Release Date: July 31, 2013

Review Date: December 13, 2016

Expiration Date: December 12, 2019


Effective denture cleansing is imperative to maintaining oral health and possibly preventing systemic diseases by removing dental plaque and microorganisms from the denture and other oral appliances. In fact, there is a strong positive correlation between denture cleanliness and lower bacterial colonization of dentures, as quantified by both the total anaerobic count and total aerobic count. Dental professionals, most notably dental hygienists, play an important role in controlling denture contamination and in instructing patients in the proper care and sanitization of removable dentures and orthodontic appliances.

In this basic-level course, attention is directed primarily to complete and removable partial dentures, although the discussion applies equally to all removable dental appliances and devices. The course reviews the diverse colonization of microorganisms found on dentures and the associated oral and systemic health risks, the correlation between candidal infestation of dentures and denture-induced stomatitis, and the pros and cons of various denture cleansing methods.



AGD Subject Code: 670
Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.



Course Objectives

  • Describe the diversity of microorganisms that can be found on dentures and the associated health risks.
  • Discuss the relationship between yeast infestation of dentures and both oral and systemic health.
  • Describe the correlation between candidal infestation of dentures and denture-induced stomatitis.
  • Describe the different denture cleansing modalities, including manual brushing and effervescent cleansers.


J. Anthony von Fraunhofer, MSc, PhD, FADM, FRSC, is professor emeritus, University of Maryland Dental School, Baltimore, where he also served as director of biomaterials research in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He has written more than 400 scientific papers and 16 books, and contributed chapters to 15 monographs on dental biomaterials and materials science. Dr. von Fraunhofer is the author of the well-regarded monographs Dental Materials at a Glance and Research Writing in Dentistry, published by Wiley-Blackwell. His special interests are the biomechanical properties of materials used in medicine and dentistry and the degradation, wear, and corrosion of materials in the biosystem.

Stanley J. Lech, BS, MBA, is a pharmaceutical and consumer health executive at SJL Scientific and Innovation Consulting and founder of Clover Hill Healthcare. Previously, Mr. Lech was president and chief strategy and scientific officer at PharmaMax Corporation. He has also held various leadership roles at GlaxoSmithKline, including as vice president of global wellness research, a position in which he was responsible for directing GlaxoSmithKline’s research and development efforts for a diverse range of over-the-counter products, and as vice president of innovation, worldwide product development, in which position he was responsible for recent innovations in the field of denture care and patient comfort, with particular interest in the cleansing and sanitization of oral appliances.


Veronica Powers, DMD, received a BS degree from Providence College and a DMD degree from the Oregon Health & Science University. After working for four years as a general dentist in Portland, Oregon, Dr. Powers returned to New York City to serve as lead dentist for Phoenix House Foundation in Brooklyn, New York, where she provided comprehensive treatment for the residents of a rehabilitation facility. In this capacity, she performed simple and surgical extractions and root canals and placed crowns, bridges, and removable prosthodontics. Dr. Powers created the protocol for the day-to-day management of the clinic and became especially adept at treating anxious patients. Now in private practice, Dr. Powers is licensed to practice dentistry in the state of New York, maintains registration with the Drug Enforcement Administration, and is CPR-certified. She has provided volunteer dentistry in India and in Chiapas, Mexico, and has worked with the American Dental Association’s Give Kids a Smile program in the United States.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.