Edentulous patients’ knowledge of dental hygiene and care of prostheses
Article first published online: 5 MAR 2008
© 2008 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2008 The Gerodontology Association and Blackwell Munksgaard Ltd
Volume 25, Issue 2, pages 99–106, June 2008
How to Cite
De Castellucci Barbosa, L., Ferreira, M. R. M., De Carvalho Calabrich, C. F., Viana, A. C., De Lemos, M. C. L. and Lauria, R. A. (2008), Edentulous patients’ knowledge of dental hygiene and care of prostheses. Gerodontology, 25: 99–106. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-2358.2007.00190.x
- Issue published online: 5 MAR 2008
- Article first published online: 5 MAR 2008
- Accepted 5 June 2007
- complete dentures;
- dental habits;
- dental care
Objective: The aim of this study was to analyse denture users’ oral care habits with regard to the use of their prostheses.
Background: Rehabilitative treatment is only successful when patients are motivated and aware of correct prosthesis use and hygiene.
Materials and methods: Questionnaires were distributed to 150 complete denture users at the Federal University of Bahia School of Dentistry, the Esmeralda Natividade Health Center, the Bahian Science Development Foundation and a Salvador nursing home. The questionnaire included information on gender, age, length of prosthesis use, cleaning methods and materials, etc. The data were analysed using EpiInfo version 6 software. The chi-squared test was used for statistical analysis, with a significance level of 5%.
Results: Questionnaire results showed that 78% of the subjects, with an average age of 67.3 years, had used the same complete denture for over 5 years. 64% slept with their prostheses and 44% removed them from the mouth only for cleaning. None of the patients interviewed knew anything about brushes designed specifically for complete dentures. 37.3% had a restricted diet and 44% believed that a complete denture would last for more than 10 years.
Conclusion: Within the limitations of this study, it was concluded that the edentulous patients surveyed had limited awareness of prosthetic hygiene and long-term oral care despite extended periods of denture use.