Attention all denture wearers!
New Denture Care guidelines have recently been published and we would love to share them with you! These guidelines have been developed by a multi-disciplinary global expert panel.
The risks associated with poor denture care are wide-ranging and include pneumonia, stomatitis, candidiasis (thrush), un-desirable odours, tastes and staining. A recent report found that general cleaning habits of denture-wearers remains poor and that people with dentures are using a variety of ways to clean their dentures. This ranges from soap and water to toothpaste, bleaches and commercial products.
The guidelines are supported by best evidence and based on consensus from key international experts.
Four key steps to optimal denture care include:
1) Daily cleaning of the dentures using mechanical action – brushing with a toothbrush or denture brush and an effective, non-abrasive denture cleanser (no dentifrice).
2) Daily soaking in a denture-cleansing solution – this seems to deliver extra chemical breakdown of the remaining plaque and some level of disinfection of the denture. Denture-cleansing solutions should only be used outside the mouth, and denture wearers should strictly follow the manufacturers’ guidelines.
3) Dentures should not be kept in the mouth overnight, unless there are specific reasons for keeping them in. This guideline is even more important for people at a higher risk of developing stomatitis and for frail or institutionalised older people. Soaking in a denture cleanser solution after mechanical cleaning seems to be beneficial for preventing denture stomatitis and the potential risk of pneumonia events in these groups of people.
4) All patients who wear removable dentures should be enrolled into a regular recall and maintenance programme with their dental professional.
By following these four simple steps, you will decrease the risk of potential oral and general health problems. The full guidance can be found here.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any more questions about how to look after your dentures!