Cleaning Night-guards, Retainers, Mouth-guards

and all removable dental appliances

These dental appliances can get to be so disgustingly covered with nasty looking plaque and stains that patients will refuse to wear them or throw them away and spend money on new ones.  By soaking in “Sparkle”  they will clean up to be as good and new!  This will be a simple and quick fix to a difficult cleaning problem before using  ”Sparkle”.

Healthy Dentures    6 April 2011

Dental Plaque = Gum Infections

Gum infections are caused by dental plaque. Dentures can collect 6 times more plaque than natural teeth. (Considering all of the hard surfaces of the outside of the denture and plus the tissue bearing side.)

Evidence is mounting that gum infections may provoke heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease, and may worsen osteoporosis. This is most likely to happen as we age and when our body’s natural defenses have been weakened by any chronic illness. There is increasing evidence that infected gums are linked to many chronic degenerative diseases that can promote inflammation elsewhere in the body.

Protect your health! Clean the plaque off your dentures with

Sparkle Professional Denture Cleaner.

Will an Ultrasonic Cleaner help to clean dentures? By Gary M. Hornbeck     31 March 2011

Save your money!  While ultrasonic cleaners are helpful in deep cleaning many small household and personal items including dentures they are not cost effective.  Ultrasonic cleaners will speed up the cleaning process of cleaning dental appliances, however, they are not necessary when you use Sparkle Professional Denture Cleaner. Simply brushing the appliance and rinsing under water, then soaking for 10 minutes and brushing while rinsing again will remove all plaque and stains without having to invest in an ultrasonic machine.  Heavy stains and accumulated plaque may take an overnight soaking the first use, but daily use thereafter will keep the denture plaque and stain free!

By Gary M. Hornbeck, LD (Ret)

Plaque is Your Mouth’s Greatest Enemy!
You lost your natural teeth due to decay and/or gum disease caused by plaque. Now that you have dentures, there is 6 times more plaque collecting surfaces then when you had natural teeth.

Plaque Harbors Infectious Bacteria
That sticky film you feel on your denture or partial is plaque!
You may not see plaque on your denture because it is difficult to see when it is wet, but it is there. The organisms in plaque can be harmful to your health and they also cause denture odor.

“Sparkle” Cleans Better and Saves Money!
Sparkle Professional Denture Cleaner removes plaque and all the harmful problems that come with it! Other denture cleaners fizz and foam and turn pretty colors, but they do not remove plaque or the organisms embedded in it.

“Sparkle” Makes Dentures Feel Clean and Fresh
Use “Sparkle” and your dentures will feel clean just like they were new. One overnight soaking or a few 10-15 minute soakings will remove built-up plaque deposits and they will not return so long as you continue to use “Sparkle”. “Sparkle” is Safe to use on Dentures, Partials, Retainers, Mouth Guards, and Night Guards.


To order by phone or mail click on the Order tab.
Shipping and Handling is a flat fee of $6.95 for 1- 6 bottles


September 1, 2010

Proper Denture Care is Important to Health
By Gary M. Hornbeck, Licensed Denturist (Ret)

If you wear either full or partial dentures you are among the 32 million Americans who can benefit from having a good understanding about proper denture fit, maintenance, cleaning, and regular dental check-ups. Denture wearers often ask the following questions and perhaps they have crossed your mind also.

“Should my Dentures last forever?”
Dentures are very tough and durable, but they are not indestructible. Think about it.  Most denture wearers wear their dentures 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Can you imagine what your automobile would be like if you were to use it like that? In addition, dentures can chip and break during use or when accidentally dropped.
Even with proper care, denture teeth will still wear down; lose their “ sharpness” and their natural appearance. The relationship of the upper and lower jaws can change dramatically and chewing ability will be greatly affected.
“If my dentures break can I repair them myself and save money?”
Don’t even think about it! This is a sure way of ruining your dentures and having to buy a new set. When a denture fractures, it must be put back together exactly as it was before the break. If you apply super glue or the “store bought” repair material to the broken surfaces of the denture the relationship of the pieces is destroyed and then they cannot be repaired properly! You will then need to have new dentures made and that will cost you far more than simply having them repaired right in the first place.
“What are these white deposits on my dentures?”
The plaque and calculus that builds up on natural teeth also builds up on dentures. Dental hygienists clean it off the natural teeth with scraping tools. However, scraping your dentures will make them rough and uncomfortable and it can damage the denture. You probably have already found that most denture cleaners cannot clean the plaque and calculus off your dentures.  A more powerful cleaner and a good denture brush can remove and prevent this deposit from coming back. Failure to remove this plaque from the denture can cause irritation and infection to the gums and tender tissues of the mouth. Proper cleaning is essential.



To order by phone or mail click on the Order tab.
Shipping and Handling is a flat fee of $6.95 for 1- 6 bottles


“Should I have to use adhesives to keep my dentures in place?”
No! Good dentures are made to fit precisely and usually do not require use of an adhesive for comfort. Ask around for a good dental professional who can help you achieve a successful fit of your dental appliance. It will be well worth your efforts.
As a denture wearer your health is at stake, so it is important that your dentures are properly fitted and maintained to allow for maximum comfort, appearance and self-confidence.
Gary M. Hornbeck LD has 40 years experience in making dentures, first as a dental technician and then as licensed denturist in the State of Oregon since 1980.


Proper Denture Care is important to Health.
Denture Care article  #2 in a series
By Gary M. Hornbeck, Licensed Denturist (Ret.)

If you wear dentures or partials you are not alone. It is estimated that 32 million Americans wear these dental appliances.  Like the rest of these folks you probably have many questions about their care and use. In this second article we will address some of the most often asked questions about dentures.  Hopefully the answers will be of benefit to you.

My dentures used to fit well, but now they are getting loose.  Does that mean I need a new set?
Not necessarily.  You may only need to have them relined. That is, refitted to the gums. This is done by taking an impression in the existing denture and that impression is then replaced with new denture material. If the denture base is in good condition, the jaw relationship is good and the teeth themselves are not badly worn the denture can very likely be relined.  This usually can be done in one day.  Be sure that this a “laboratory” reline.  Do not accept a “chair side” reline. The “laboratory” relines will last for years, while the “chair side” lasts for a few months.

How long should dentures last?
Dental insurance companies will pay for new dentures every five years.  Most people, however, will average 8 years before replacement. It not unusual for patients to wear the same denture for 20 years or longer.  This is not advisable. Ill-fitting dentures can cause serious health problems if there is not proper maintenance:

1.      Ridge reduction can be accelerated if dentures fit poorly.
2.      Continual irritation from sloppy dentures can cause excessive bone reduction as well as many problems with the soft tissues of the mouth from inflammation to infections to oral cancer.
3.      Excessive wear of the denture teeth can make a dramatic change in the jaw relationship. This can cause serious problems in the TMJ (Temporal Mandibular Joint).
4.      The acrylic denture material is a porous material that absorbs not only saliva but also bacteria and other flora that is in the saliva. If not cleaned properly the denture becomes infected with bacteria, fungus, yeast and other detrimental agents.

Must I do anything special to care for my mouth?
Even with full dentures, you still need to take good care of the soft tissues of your mouth. Every morning, brush your gums, tongue and palate with a soft-bristled dental brush before you put in your dentures. This removes odor causing bacteria, stimulates blood circulation in the mouth and you will find you will have less soreness develop from your dentures. Selecting a balanced diet for proper nutrition is also important for maintaining a healthy mouth.

George Washington’s Dentures
The Father of our country tried many different ways to make himself some dentures that would fit.  Some were made of wood while others were made of whalebone.  Denture wearers should be grateful for the modern techniques and materials we have to construct comfortable and life like dentures today.