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Care of dental prostheses

Study dental prostheses' care to know their fixation and cleaning habits.

Care of dental prostheses

One of the central values is to put the consumer at the center of everything they do, which is why they consider it essential to know them better. Therefore, a study was carried out on the care of dental prostheses to know their habits of fixation and cleaning, their needs, and how we can help them feel better. If we can know, understand and meet their needs, expectations, or concerns, we will be able to develop better products that increase not only their physical and emotional well-being.

The importance of taking care of your dentures

Among some of the positive results that can be extracted from the study on the care of dental prostheses, it stands out that 91.4% of those surveyed say that taking care of their dentures is essential for them. In addition, as explained, "in the fixation segment, Maximum Sealing is highlighted, specifically designed to prevent the entry of food between the prosthesis and the gum, one of the significant problems our consumers encounter daily.
Avoiding certain foods, food clogging, difficulty chewing or biting, and irritation of the gums are the main problems and discomforts manifested by users of dentures.
Among the main problems and discomforts manifested by the users of dental prostheses, the results of the study point towards the following: avoidance of certain foods, food clogging, difficulty chewing or biting, and irritation of the gums. There is a wide range of products to solve these problems. For example, better sealing helps prevent the entry of food, which often prevents prosthesis wearers from eating what they want. 

The dentist, the primary reference for the user

The study also analyzes trends among partial and complete prosthesis wearers. In this sense, it is explained that "because of both the age range (71 years) and the duration of the prosthesis (the useful life of 10 years), we can define full prosthesis wearers as 'veterans.' In general terms, users of partial prostheses are younger (61 years), and the useful life of their prosthesis is also shorter (an average of 5 years). Perhaps because they are younger, these users of partial prostheses are concerned about their part's appearance, and this is one of their distinctive behavioral traits". According to the data extracted from the study, 66% do not remove it at night, compared to 69% of complete prosthesis users who do remove it every time they sleep.

Even though the problems they face are the same (halitosis, fear of moving around in public, problems when chewing or biting...), the incidence rate is significantly lower in partial users. For example, biting or chewing is a problem for only 15% of users with partial prostheses, while for those with a complete piece, it represents 32%.

The dentist's work is essential to increase the use of specific cleaners.

Considering both types of users (partial and complete prosthesis), he points out that "total prosthesis users are the ones who use both fixation and cleaning the most. In the case of passion, we believe that it is because a priori, they think that a fixator should only be used if the prosthesis is moved, which does not happen when the prosthesis is implanted. However, the fixator can bring benefits beyond pure fixation, and that's what we're focusing on.

In this sense, it is assumed that "in cleaning, the work of recommendation is important, which is why users of complete prostheses (which generally have been in the category for many years now) are more familiar with the appropriate cleaning procedures." The dentist's work is essential to increase the use of specific cleaners.

Moreover, the dentist is the most relevant figure when it comes to using cleaners and/or fixatives for dental prostheses. 

He also highlights the existence of "an essentially emotional component that must always be kept in mind," explaining that "the users of prostheses, whether complete or partial, face a new situation that causes them fear or insecurity." In addition, the study speaks of concerns beyond the purely physical such as fear of eating in public or the feeling of insecurity. "We must offer them solutions so that their social life, self-esteem, or trust do not form part of this list of problems.

Cleaning of prostheses, a pending subject

The study also provides interesting data on the habits and uses of regular users of cleaners and fixers. For example, three-quarters of the users of cleaners and half of the users of fixatives began to use these products during their first six months with prostheses. As we pointed out previously, in both cases, more than 60% of them began to use them thanks to the action of the recommendation of the dentist. In addition, although the majority do not use cleaners (57%), those who use them do so constantly and daily (36%), indicating high fidelity and confidence in the product.

As for the cleaning habits of dental prosthesis wearers, the study indicates that there is still a high percentage of prosthesis wearers who use their usual toothpaste to clean the prosthesis. "This habit is not recommended as it may not be an effective microbiological cleaning and may scratch the surface of the prosthesis. That's why at Dental Office, we are trying to raise awareness about the importance of using a specific cleaning method, allowing us to eliminate up to 10 times more bacteria than a conventional paste without damaging the prosthesis.
Full prosthetics users are the ones who use both fixation and cleaning the most.