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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 59-65

Awareness about denture hygiene: A survey among patients wearing complete dentures and removable partial dentures

Department of Prosthodontics, Saveetha Dental College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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M Namrata
Department of Prosthodontics, Saveetha Dental College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/ijofb.ijofb_17_17

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Background and Aim: The awareness of prosthetic treatment among patients has seen an increase lately, and hence surge in the prosthetic treatment. Efficient and regular cleaning of denture is necessary to maintain good oral hygiene conditions and also to maintain the durability of the dentures. The aim of this research is to evaluate the awareness of patients toward denture hygiene using a questionnaire survey. Materials and Methods: A questionnaire was used to reveal the knowledge of 2 groups consisting of 50 each to evaluate their awareness of maintenance of denture hygiene (group 1 – complete denture wearers, group 2 –removable partial denture wearers). The questionnaire consisting of 20 questions collected demographic details of patients, type and duration of the denture worn, cleaning habits employed by the patients, and other details relevant to denture hygiene awareness and knowledge of patients. Results: A total of 100 patients were reviewed with their age ranging from 45 to 75. Among them 44% (25%-RPD,19%-CD) were male and 56% (25%-RPD,31%-CD) were female. Most of the patients (93%) wear their denture for all days in a week except at night. Regarding storage of dentures most patient (90%) immersed their dentures in water, whereas only 10% stored them in the dry environment. When the patients were asked whether they received instruction from their dentist regarding denture cleaning, only 45% are said to have received while 55% replied negatively. About 46% cleaned their denture more than twice per day, whereas 39% were found to clean twice a day and only 15% once per day. Regarding the method of cleaning denture the most common method was found to be with water (45%), with brush and water (40%), water and salt (9%), brush and paste (5%), and finally, brush and solution (1%). More than half of the patients (51%) used denture cleansers. In this study, it was found that only 10% of patients went for regular follow-ups. Conclusion: The denture care practices are said to be satisfactory, but there is a need to increase awareness among dentists on the importance of educating patients about denture hygiene.

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