M. J. Faigenblum explains how the denture box facilitates denture hygiene, reduces the chance of accidental damage and acts as a means of identification.
Patients or their carers need to maintain as low a level of denture biofilm as possible. This article notes that the handling of dentures is unpleasant to carers and suggests a method of reducing this contact to a minimum yet allowing efficient cleaning by means of brushing. It also highlights the potential damage that can occur due to mishandling or accident. The denture box acts as a safe storage unit and its ‘footprint’ allows accurate recovery in an institution where dentures can be inadvertently mingled.
The denture box
This is a simple device to hold the denture in place during cleaning (Fig. 5). It reduces the risk of fracture and distortion of a prosthesis. It will also allow a carer minimal handling of the denture and allow its storage with reduced risk of ‘getting lost’. In an institution its ‘footprint’ will make positive discovery of the owner
One half of an orthodontic retainer or denture box (or a soap box) is filled with activated laboratory putty (Fig. 6). The occlusal surface of the denture is pressed into the putty sufficiently deeply to produce firm retention. The denture can be replaced in the negative impression and the surface rigorously cleaned with a brush. Where the patient has the loss of the use of a hand, the box can be steadied while brushing or it can be secured on its base with a suction pad or a fabric fastener.