Article: Volume 46 Number 11 Page 1024 - December 2019

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  Dent Update 2019; 46: 1024-1030

Removable Prosthodontics:  Denture Cleaning & Best Practice

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Abstract: Surveys have shown that many people do not clean their dentures effectively and suggest that the dental team may fail to educate patients in basic denture hygiene procedures. Poor denture hygiene can result in denture staining and malodour and is a risk factor for oral and systemic diseases. Methods available to clean dentures are described. Their modes of action, effectiveness and potential adverse effects are discussed. A combination of cleaning methods is probably more effective than any one method. Recommendations for effective denture cleaning that can be given to patients by the dental team are provided.

Clinical relevance: The dental team needs to explain effective approaches to denture hygiene to patients. Written information should also be provided to reinforce the message.

Author notes: Elizabeth King, BDS, MSc, MFDS RCS, FDS(Rest Dent) RCS, Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, Morriston Hospital, Morriston, Swansea SA6 6NL (email: elizabeth.king@hotmail.com) and Robert Jagger, BDS, MScD, FDS RCS, Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, Bristol Dental Hospital, Upper Maudlin Street, Bristol BS2 8BJ, UK.

Objective: To describe the use of denture cleansers and provide recommendations that members of the dental team may give to their patients.