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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 115-118

Oral hygiene and maintenance habits among fixed partial denture wearers

Departments of Prosthodontic, College of Dentistry, Riyadh Elm University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Lama Mana AlQabbaa
Riyadh Elm University, P. O. Box: 36517, Riyadh 11429
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/sjos.SJOralSci_12_18

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Aim: This study aimed to investigate oral hygiene and maintenance habits of fixed partial denture (FPD) wearers. Materials and Methods: A total of 200 patients (93 males, and 107 females) answered a questionnaire regarding their oral hygiene habits and awareness of specific measures to maintain proper hygiene underneath their FPDs. Results: The most patients (n = 166, 83%) did not use any special aid to maintain hygiene underneath pontics. The majority of them (n = 178, 89%) reported that their dentist did not inform them about these aids. In addition, 150 patients (75%) reported that they were not advised by the dentist to book recall visits. Conclusion: There is a lack of awareness among FPD wearers regarding the specific measures needed to maintain proper hygiene underneath FPDs. Dentists should be obligated to educate their patients regarding the maintenance of proper oral hygiene under their prostheses.

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