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Edentulous patients' knowledge of dental hygiene and care of prostheses
  • Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA)
  • Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP)
  • ABO
  • 0734-0664
  • 1741-2358
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. © 2008 The Authors.
Issue Date: 
Gerodontology, v. 25, n. 2, p. 99-106, 2008.
Time Duration: 
  • Complete dentures
  • Dental care
  • Dental habits
  • Hygiene
  • Prostheses
  • toothpaste
  • adult
  • aged
  • attitude to health
  • chi square distribution
  • denture
  • female
  • human
  • male
  • methodology
  • middle aged
  • mouth disease
  • mouth hygiene
  • patient education
  • psychological aspect
  • questionnaire
  • sleep
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Chi-Square Distribution
  • Denture Cleansers
  • Denture, Complete
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mouth, Edentulous
  • Oral Hygiene
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Questionnaires
  • Sleep
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