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Advice for Denture Wearers and Older People

  • Ronnie Levine
  • Catherine Stillman-Lowe
Chapter
Part of the BDJ Clinician’s Guides book series (BDJCG)

Abstract

Demographic changes suggest an increasing proportion of denture wearers will be elderly people and living either alone, possibly receiving community care or in residential care or nursing care homes, and they may include vulnerable adults and those with intellectual disabilities. The dental state of people in residential care is often poor, because help needed with oral hygiene from suitably trained carers may not be available. It is important that they and especially their carers understand the need for good oral care and regular oral examinations if the health of their mouths and any remaining teeth are to be safeguarded. It is essential that dentures are removed at night and thoroughly cleaned to reduce the risk of Candida infection and any natural teeth are thoroughly cleaned using fluoride toothpaste to reduce the risk of caries on the exposed root surfaces.

Keywords

Dentures Root caries 

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© Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ronnie Levine
    • 1
  • Catherine Stillman-Lowe
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Oral SurgeryUniversity of LeedsLeedsUK
  2. 2.ReadingUK

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