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Oral Health and Preventive Dentistry



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Oral Health Prev Dent 14 (2016), No. 1     17. Feb. 2016
Oral Health Prev Dent 14 (2016), No. 1  (17.02.2016)

Page 21-26, doi:10.3290/j.ohpd.a34051, PubMed:25884041

Behaviour of the Elderly with Regard to Hygiene Procedures for and Maintenance of Removable Dentures
Osmari, Deise / Fraga, Sara / Olmedo Braun, Katia / Unfer, Beatriz
Purpose: To assess the behaviour of the elderly with regard to hygiene procedures for and maintenance of removable dentures.
Materials and Methods: 243 elderly people were interviewed using a semi-structured questionnaire, which was applied in the coverage area of Family Health Strategy in Urlandia district in the city of Santa Maria, Brazil.
Results: The majority of those interviewed were 60 to 69 years old, with a prevalence of women and incomplete primary school education. In general, the dentures had been worn for more than 10 years and 43.7% of them had been made by a dental prosthetic technician. More than half the study population had not received instructions on hygiene and maintenance of the dentures.
Conclusion: This population was not aware of the importance of hygiene and maintenance of the removable dentures. It is worrying that a considerable number of elderly have sought dental prosthetic care from technicians who were not trained to promote and maintain health.

Keywords: denture, elderly, hygiene