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Denture Care

Step 1 Knock before entering the room. Identify and greet resident. Explain procedure. Wash your hands. Provide for privacy. Ask for consent.
Step 2 Raise the head of the bed. Position the resident for resident for oral hygiene. Place towel over the resident’s chest.
Step 3 * Put on disposable gloves.
Step 4 Ask the resident to remove dentures or remove resident’s dentures using gauze if the resident cannot do so.
Step 5 Grasp the upper denture with the thumb and index finger of one hand. Move the denture up and down slightly to break the seal. Gently remove the denture and place in kidney/emesis basin or denture cup.
Step 6 Remove the lower denture by grasping it with your thumb and index finger. Turn it slightly, and lift it out of the mouth. Place the denture in kidney/emesis basin or denture cup.
Step 7 Line the sink with a towel and fill with water.
Step 8 Take dentures and equipment to the sink and rinse each denture under warm running water. Return to denture cup.
Step 9 * Apply denture cleaner to the brush and brush and rinse dentures. Place in denture cup. Fill it with cool water.
Step 10 Clean kidney/emesis basin. Bring basin and denture cup to bedside.
Step 11 Clean the person’s gums and tongue. Use toothpaste and toothbrush or sponge swabs.
Step 12 Ask the resident to rinse his/her mouth with mouthwash or other noted solution. Hold the kidney/emesis basin under the resident’s chin.
Step 13 Ask resident to insert dentures. Insert the dentures if the resident cannot.
Step 14 Grasp the upper denture with thumb and index finger. Raise the upper lip with the other hand and insert denture. Use index fingers to press gently on upper denture to make sure that it is secure.
Step 15 Grasp the lower denture securely with thumb and index finger. Pull down slightly on the lower lip and insert the denture.
Step 16 Put denture cup in the top drawer of the bedside stand.
Step 17 * Remove and discard gloves. Provide for comfort.
Step 18 * Attach signal light within resident’s reach. Empty, clean and store supplies. Discard disposable supplies.
Step 19 Wash hands and report & record observations.
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