Materials and methods for cleaning dentures- A Review

Mansour Oussama, Hamdan Ahmad


Todays dentists and patients has the awareness that accumulation of plaque on dentures has an impact on patients general health. Patients are willing to learn proper oral hygienic techniques and use of advanced materials for the maintenance of the dentures. Dentists have an obligation to motivate and instruct the patient and provide the means and methods for plaque control. This review paper discuss current materials and methods for cleansing dentures and different ways for maintaining oral hygiene.


Dental Plaque; Denture; Oral Hygiene; Patient Education; Public Health


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