Broken dentures can result in serious issues for many elderly patients. There are countless geriatric patients who are suffering with broken dentures and are not receiving the treatment they need.
Broken dentures without repair can lead to undernourishment, swollen or infected gum tissue, and many other problems. This is why it is important to take good care of one’s dentures from the very start, to help prevent broken dentures and emergencies that may coincide.
So how does one properly take care of dentures, you may ask? We have 5 tips for you, including those who care for patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Proper Care To Prevent Broken Dentures
- Always Clean Them at Night – Dentures can collect food debris. If the denture is left unclean, the food may harden, making it more difficult to remove it from the denture – thus causing the denture to injure the person wearing it, or causing the denture to break.Be sure to clean the denture properly (as instructed by Dr. Kauffman) and left in a clear glass or a specified denture case overnight.
- Never Wrap Your Dentures in a Towel – This is a common mistake made my many, because wrapping it in a paper towel or cloth may look as though it’s trash. Always place your denture in a specified denture case or glass.
- Do Not Attempt To Repair Dentures Yourself – Dentures can be extremely fragile. There are a lot of self-repair products out there that people think they can use to properly repair a denture. Do not do this. If you do, your dentures will become irreparable. Instead, be sure to call Dr. Alisa Kauffman to professionally repair (or replace) the dentures.
- If a Partial Denture is Used, Brush Twice a Day – Sometimes this can be hard for dementia patients. If you can only brush once per day, be sure that it is at night. When patients don’t brush, partials can break because of the food that gets stuck on teeth or the partial will become ill-fitting.
- Always, Always Be Aware of Where The Denture Is – Dr. Kauffman has experienced many times when patients have not only broken their dentures, but lost their dentures. This happens especially when a patient has to be picked up by an ambulance or taken to the hospital. Hospitals and ambulances are not required to care for dentures, and many times dentures get lost this way. Be sure to remove their denture before boarding an ambulance or going to a hospital.
We hope this information has helped you understand a few simple ways to take care and prevent broken dentures. If you would like more information on caring for elderly who have dementia or alzheimer’s, take a look at Dr. Alisa Kauffman’s Caregivers Guide to Oral Care.
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