CNA Skill: Cleaning and Storing Dentures

You will have some patients for which you help to provide care for their dentures.  Never start working with a patient’s dentures before carefully washing your hands.  Greet your patient in a friendly manner and let her know that you are going to clean her dentures.  Place gloves on your hands before you begin.  You will need to obtain the patient’s dentures before you can start.

You will want to work over the sink.  It is important to put a washcloth or towel in the sink to prevent damage to the dentures if they fall.  You can clean the surface of the dentures by carefully brushing them with a toothbrush.  The next thing that you should do is to take a denture cup and fill it with water.  You should be using cool water.  Gently place the dentures in the denture cup to soak.

At this point, you will be ready to provide some oral care for your patient.  You can clean their gums and inside the mouth using mouthwash and sponge swabs.  Make note of any signs of oral infections or any lesions in the mouth.  Report any problems that you find.

After you are completed with all oral procedures, you can help the patient to return to a position in their bed that is most comfortable for them.  Once you are finished working with the patient, take off your gloves and carefully wash your hands.

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