Dentures are an excellent treatment modality for partial and edentate clients. However, clients typically demonstrate poor levels of denture hygiene. Improper denture care and hygiene can cause decreased prosthesis longevity and increased risk of developing dental caries, periodontal disease, and oral candidiasis.
A working knowledge of denture base/tooth materials and cleaning methods can ensure optimal denture cleanliness without compromising material integrity and clinical longevity. Therefore, clinician-assisted client education can improve clients’ denture hygiene.
This overview discusses current and future methods of denture care and hygiene and compatibility with existing denture materials. It also offers recommendations according to denture material type.
Dentures are an excellent treatment modality for partial and edentate clients; however, improper denture care and hygiene can result in decreased prosthesis longevity and increased risk of developing dental caries, periodontal disease and oral candidiasis. Previously, it has been shown that clients and dental professionals are unaware of the different materials and methods available for optimum denture care and hygiene. This article provides an overview of the main commercially available methods for denture cleanliness and hygiene. It serves as a basis for providing tailored denture hygiene for denture wearers.