Appropriate hygiene of dentures contributes to the maintenance of oral and systemic health. However, most of denture wearers had never been instructed on how to perform daily oral/denture care. The purpose of this study is to investigate the influence of a guidance material associated or not to the provision of hygiene devices and its effect on the habits of denture wearers. Forty- eight complete denture wearers were randomly divided into three groups. Group N received no guidance on how to clean and wear their dentures, group G received an illustrated leaflet and verbal complementary instructions and group GK received the same guidance as group G and a hygiene kit for denture cleaning. After a six to ten week period they responded to a ‘hygiene and wearing habits’ questionnaire. Chi-square test was used for statistical analysis considering p < 0.05. Brushing was the most frequent cleaning method, the majority of groups N and G used toothpaste. Participants of group G and GK presented low percentages of individuals with hygiene and wearing routine considered improper. The differences between groups in hygiene and wearing routine were statistically significant (p < 0.001). The proposed guidance material yielded better results when associated to provision of hygiene devices for denture cleaning. © 2015 Eduem - Editora da Universidade Estadual de Maringa. All rights reserved.
Ferruzzi, F., Martins, J. C. L. S., Corrêa, G. O., Kurihara, E., & Sábio, S. (2015). <b>Effects of hygiene guidance associated or not to provision of hygiene devices on habits of denture wearers. Acta Scientiarum. Health Sciences, 37(1), 77. https://doi.org/10.4025/actascihealthsci.v37i1.24512