Denture care: an overview for professionals
Understanding denture care as a professional
Teeth form an intimate part of how we look and feel, and for almost 1 in 5 people in England who rely on either a full or partial denture, dentures do too.1
Patients face challenges at all stages of the denture journey, and must adapt to a number of different prostheses: partial dentures, immediate dentures following tooth extraction and full dentures.2,3
Each patient’s experience will be different. Individual medical, physical and psychological factors, such as oral anatomy, xerostomia, and how the patient adapts to their prosthesis, can affect how their dentures perform.2–6
To date there has been a lack of official guidance on how denture cleansers and adhesives should be used.
The Oral Health Foundation has now produced new global science-based guidelines for dental professionals in a project sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare. Developed by a global task force of academic experts, the new guidance outlines recommendations for dental professionals on the use of denture adhesive and cleansers and their benefits for oral and general health.
The number of denture wearers is increasing1,7
Many people rely on some form of denture1,8
Many people rely on a combination of both natural teeth and dentures.1,8
In addition to the 6% of adults who had no natural teeth, in 2009, another 13% relied on a partial denture.1
Overall, nearly 1 in 5 adults in England were shown to rely on some form of denture.1
The global population is getting older8
In 2012, 810 million people in the world were aged 60 years or older, representing 11% of the global population.8
By 2050, this figure is set to increase to 2 billion people aged 60 years or older – amounting to 22% of the global population8
Older people are more likely to need dentures
There is a direct correlation between age and the likelihood of requiring a denture.1
The 2009 Adult Dental Health Survey revealed that 33% of those aged 75 and above in England were edentulous. This was the case, however, for only 1% of those aged 45–54.1
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