Evaluating Denture Cleanliness of Patients in a Regional Dental Hospital

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Abstract

Aims To evaluate the quality of clinical record keeping and determine quality of denture cleanliness; record baseline denture cleanliness for 60 patients; introduce denture hygiene instruction (DHI); and then re-assess the patients for improvement and enhanced record keeping.

Methods Analysis of patients' denture hygiene instruction record keeping (n = 60) was undertaken retrospectively. The Denture Cleanliness Index (DCI) was utilised to assess denture cleanliness (best score 0, worst score 4). Baseline DCI scores were taken and individual DHI was delivered. After one month, patients were reviewed and scored, with record keeping quality analysed.

Results At baseline, 11.7% (n = 7) of patients had DCI scores of ≤2, improving to 93.8% (n = 45) after one month, demonstrating short-term improvement in denture cleanliness. Only 63% (n = 38) of patients had evidence of a record of DHI within their notes at baseline, improving to 100% at recall.

Conclusions New patient information leaflet and clinical guidelines on denture hygiene have been written and implemented. The results of this study suggest that this may be a relatively straightforward method to achieve a short-term improvement in denture cleanliness. The implementation of a DCI score is helpful in allowing patients to improve denture hygiene and its wider use is supported.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-130
JournalBritish Dental Journal
Volume221
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Aug 2016

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