Aim: This questionnaire based study was performed to evaluate the complete denture hygiene and maintenance habits among elderly institutionalized patients of north Indian region. Materials & Methods: The present study was executed in the department of Prosthodontics. It included 100 patients who got complete dentures in the year 2019. Patients were screened from the normal patient flow of the department. A questionnaire was made which has 10 questions about cleansing methods, frequencies of cleaning, denture cleaning materials and other related parameters. All were given a set of 10 questions and asked to respond. Informed consents were obtained from the participants. Results: Out of 100 patients, males were 65 and females were 35. Roughly 8 patients were cleaning their complete denture on daily basis. Half of the patients reported that they were unaware of denture cleaning methods. Also, the overall complete denture hygiene and maintenance were significantly low in older age group (>70 Years). 24 patients were cleaning their denture using brush with tooth paste. Conclusion: The status of complete denture hygiene and maintenance was below fair level. Few of the patients were cleaning their complete dentures very rarely.
Key words: Complete Denture Hygiene, Oral health, Oral hygiene practices