RESEARCH PAPER
Hygiene, ways of storage and lifetime of removable dentures
 
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Department of Dental Prosthetics, Medical University of Lublin, Poland
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Foundation Wiewiórki Julii , Warsaw, Poland
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Department of Functional Masticatory Disorders, Medical University of Lublin, Poland
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Department of Mathematics and Medical Biostatistics, Medical University of Lublin, Poland
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Diagnostic Techniques Unit, Medical University of Lublin, Poland
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Chair and Department of Conservative Dentistry with Endodonthic, Medical University of Lublin, Poland
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Joanna Krawczyk   

Department of Dental Prosthetics, Medical University of Lublin, Karmelicka 7, 20-081 Lublin, Poland
 
J Pre Clin Clin Res. 2015;9(1):54–56
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Hygiene plays an important role in patients who use removable dentures. The proper way of cleaning and storage also provides better health of oral cavity tissues as well as for the remaining teeth. The research involved 162 patients, 133 women and 29 men, aged 60–90, with diff erent levels of education, the majority with secondary education. All patients were using removable dentures. 85.8% declared earlier use of dentures, and a half of the patients had used dentures for no more than 7.5 years. A considerable percentage (33.95%) used dentures for the whole day. Storing in a container with fl uid was used by 25.93% of the respondents. Over 70% used toothpaste to clean their dentures and about 14% immersed them in special preparations, e.g. CoregaTabs, while over 8% used soap. Among patients who cleaned their dentures, the majority cleaned them once a week (75%) and the minority – twice a week (25%). The greatest percentage of patients cleaned their dentures with a toothbrush and toothpaste, which is not recommended due to occurring microabrasions. It is recommended that patients should be educated regarding prosthesis hygiene and regular follow-ups.
 
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