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CARE OF FULL DENTURES

March 1st, 2012

This past year, a group of researchers looked into the recommendations that we give to patients who wear dentures.  It seems that many of the instructions we provided did not have proper scientific study or proof of benefit. So a revised set of guidelines was published based on the best available evidence.
Much of the evidence bears out what we already knew.  You need to clean your dentures outside of the mouth every day to reduce biofilm and bacterial levels.  Make sure to rinse off denture cleansers well before re-inserting in the mouth.  Interestingly, patients using denture adhesives had the perception of better retention, and stability but there was no evidence that it improves chewing efficiency.  A yearly dental exam is of good benefit for oral health.
You should always keep dentures soaking in water when not in the mouth, but never leave them in a solution containing bleach (sodium hypochlorite) for more than 10 minutes as the chemical can damage the acrylic of the dentures.  Overuse of denture adhesives, either using too much on a regular basis or needing increasing amounts over time should be avoided.  Use only enough to keep the dentures snug (several drops on each arch).  When you need progressively more adhesive, it’s time to have your dentist check the fit of the teeth.
You can find a full reprint of the guidelines at http://www.thedentalelf.net/2011/07/21/guidelines-for-the-care-and-maintenance-of-complete-dentures/

CARE OF FULL DENTURES This past year, a group of researchers looked into the recommendations that we give to patients who wear dentures.  It seems that many of the instructions we provided did not have proper scientific study or proof of benefit.  So a revised set of guidelines was published based on the best available evidence.   Much of the evidence bears out what we already knew.  You need to clean your dentures outside of the mouth every day to reduce biofilm and bacterial levels.  Make sure to rinse off denture cleansers well before re-inserting in the mouth.  Interestingly, patients using denture adhesives had the perception of better retention, and stability but there was no evidence that it improves chewing efficiency.  A yearly dental exam is of good benefit for oral health. You should always keep dentures soaking in water when not in the mouth, but never leave them in a solution containing bleach (sodium hypochlorite) for more than 10 minutes as the chemical can damage the acrylic of the dentures.  Overuse of denture adhesives, either using too much on a regular basis or needing increasing amounts over time should be avoided.  Use only enough to keep the dentures snug (several drops on each arch).  When you need progressively more adhesive, it’s time to have your dentist check the fit of the teeth. You can find a full reprint of the guidelines at http://www.thedentalelf.net/2011/07/21/guidelines-for-the-care-and-maintenance-of-complete-dentures/

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