Whether it’s a resident in a nursing home or a loved one who needs help with their Oral Care, we want to help. So here are 7 STEPS TO GUIDE YOU ON HOW TO ASSIST YOUR RESIDENTS/Loved Ones ON THEIR ORAL HEALTH HYGIENE ROUTINE
Taking good care of dentures is something many people struggle with, especially if they depend on someone to help them with their daily oral hygiene routine. Take a look at this article we made with great tips on how to take great care of dentures and share it with your family &/or nursing home staff to guide them when taking care of someone’s oral hygiene.
You will need: A flat based tub, washing up liquid, a denture brush, facecloth or hand-towel
1. Be careful when removing dentures, gently break the suction and ensure you have a tight grip so they don’t drop. (Dropping or banging dentures is the number 1 reason for dentures breaking)
2. Place a facecloth or hand-towel beside the sink.
3. Fill the flat based tub with warm water and washing up liquid – yes washing up liquid is superb for cleaning debris and build up off dentures. Toothpaste is an abrasive material designed to work best on the enamel of your teeth, so toothpaste can actually damage the surface of the dentures. As dentures are a type of plastic they are best cleaned with washing up liquid or soap.
4. Holding the denture securely, scrub with the denture brush over the tub. If you drop the denture it should land on the towel and reduce chance of breaking
5. Soaking Dentures in a good denture disinfectant can kill 99% percent of denture germs. We recommend using Nitradine tablets for soaking as it only takes 15 minutes. Most denture disinfectants have a mild bleaching agent which overtime can change the colour of the dentures so check the denture cleaner first to make sure it will disinfect them in a short time rather than leaving them overnight. BUT PLEASE MAKE SURE THEY’RE CLEAN FIRST – There is no point in disinfecting a dirty denture.
6. Don’t forget the gums! Remember to always give the mouth a good brush &/or rinse when taking out the dentures and then if possible massage the gums with a washcloth or a soft toothbrush. Use a pea sized amount of toothpaste on the brush and gently rub around the inside of the cheeks, gums and tongue to stimulate them and help promote a healthy mouth.
7. Make sure to handle the dentures carefully. Wash over a plastic bowl full of water or a folded towel so as to reduce the risk of dropping them in the sink or on the floor.
Make sure it fits! If you see that the denture is not fitting properly or functioning well, don’t hesitate calling Dental Tech Group 01 4551866.