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Knowledge of removable partial denture wearers on denture hygiene

Milward, Paul J., Katechia, Deepti and Morgan, Maria Zeta 2013. Knowledge of removable partial denture wearers on denture hygiene. British Dental Journal 215 (10) , E20. 10.1038/sj.bdj.2013.1095

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Abstract

Background: Regular good denture hygiene by individuals with removable partial dentures (RPDs) is an important component of oral health and in the prevention of further dental problems. These individuals should be provided with advice on the importance of denture care and be aware of this information. Aim: To establish deficiencies in patient knowledge surrounding denture hygiene by RPD wearers. Methodology: The study was undertaken as an audit. Data was collected from April 2012 to October 2012 via a questionnaire completed by 196 RPD wearers attending as patients at the University Dental Hospital Wales and the dental units at St David’s Hospital and Cynon Valley Hospital. The audit criterion was patients with RPDs should have knowledge of denture hygiene, with the standard set at 100%. Results: While 91.8% of participants stated they were provided with instructions on denture hygiene when provided with their current prosthesis, 60.2% were shown to have less than an appropriate level of denture cleanliness, with 9.2% reporting that they slept wearing their prosthesis. Conclusion The audit criterion and standard set were not achieved. A lack of knowledge surrounding denture hygiene was demonstrated among participants. As a part of the audit process the health education of RPD wearers’ hygiene needs to be improved and awareness levels of the whole dental team needs to be raised. All partial dentures should receive information and regular reinforcement of key dental hygiene messages.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Dentistry
Subjects: R Medicine > RK Dentistry
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
ISSN: 0007-0610
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2018 19:57
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/53269

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