Figure 1-13. Care of dentures.
(3) Place the basin in the sink and brush the dentures over the basin under
running water. In event the denture is dropped, it will be cushioned by the water in the
basin. After thorough brushing, rinse the dentures and place them in a basin of water
while cleaning the denture container.
Return the dentures in the container to the patient.
(5) When a denture is not in use, place it in a marked clean container filled
with clean water. Patients should neither wrap a denture in tissue or other material nor
store it in a pajama pocket, under the pillow, or in a drawer.
1-14. SPECIAL MOUTH CARE
Special mouth care is required for oral hygiene that cannot be accomplished by
routine tooth brushing and mouth rinsing measures. Patients with mouth injuries, oral
surgery, or inflamed mouth tissue are given mouth care in consonance with special
instructions by the medical or dental officer. In addition, standing operating procedures
are often available locally to provide guidance in these situations.
1-15. CARE OF PATIENT'S HAIR
a. General. A patient's hair should be combed daily. In addition, other care is
necessary to enhance morale, stimulate circulation of the scalp, and prevent tangled,
b. Daily Care. Encourage the patient to rub his scalp with fingertips to stimulate
circulation. Comb hair in a becoming style. To assist a patient to comb matted and
tangled hair, first comb the ends and progress toward the scalp. Hold the lock of hair
being combed between the scalp and the comb to avoid pulling. Brush the hair as
necessary (figure 1-14).