Looking after your dentures

Dentures may feel a bit strange to begin with, but you'll soon get used to wearing them.

At first, you may need to wear your dentures all of the time, including while sleeping. Eventually, you will get into a routine of removing them before sleep (if necessary) and soaking them in water, allowing your gums to rest as you sleep. We will advise you on this.

Dental hygiene
Keeping your mouth clean is just as important as ever when you wear dentures. You should brush your remaining teeth, gums and tongue every morning and evening with fluoride toothpaste to prevent tooth decay, gum disease and other dental problems.

Cleaning dentures
It's important to regularly remove plaque from your dentures, as unclean dentures can also lead to problems such as bad breath, gum disease, tooth decay and oral thrush.

Clean your dentures as often as you would normal teeth (at least every morning and night), by:

  • Brushing them with paste before soaking, to remove food particles
  • Soaking the dentures in a fizzy solution of denture-cleaning tablets to remove stains and bacteria follow the manufacturer's instructions and do not soak them overnight
  • Brushing them again, as you would your normal teeth (but don't scrub too hard) 

Eating with dentures
When you first start wearing dentures you should eat soft foods cut into small pieces, and chew slowly using both sides of your mouth. Avoid chewing gum and any food that is very sticky, hard or sharp-edged.

You can gradually start to eat other types of food until you are back to your old diet. Never use toothpicks.

Denture adhesive
You should not need to use denture fixative (adhesive) if the dentures fit properly. However, if your jawbone has shrunk a lot, adhesive may be the only way to help retain them.

Adhesive should only be used for a short period of time if your dentures have become loose, just while you wait for your replacement dentures.