Advice on sleeping with dentures

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ADVICE ON SLEEPING WITH DENTURES

New dentures can be a huge confidence booster, so much so, you may be tempted to always keep them in. But here’s why you should take them out at night.

Reason 1: Gives your gums a rest 
It’s important that your mouth adapts to the shape and fit of your dentures and you’ll be encouraged to wear your dentures as much as you can in the first week–but you need to give your gums a rest, too.

Reason 2: Keeps dentures working well 
Just like natural teeth, dentures work best when cleaned regularly. See how to give your dentures a clean below.

Reason 3: Reduces bacterial build-up* 
Leaving your dentures in overnight can lead to a build-up of bacteria, resulting in bad breath. Your dentures may feel comfortable, but there is no better time for resting your mouth than when sleeping. The saliva in your mouth also creates a natural protection for your gums.

Five steps for a thorough clean

Now your dentures are out, here’s how to clean them well to keep them in great shape.

Step 1 
Pour a glass with hot water, but not hot or boiling as this may distort your dentures.

Step 2 
Drop a denture cleaning tablet, such as Polident, into the warm water and stir to dissolve.

Step 3 
Soak your dentures for the time specified on the pack and check there’s enough water to completely cover your dentures. A long soak will help to soften and remove debris that brush bristles cannot reach.

Step 4 
Using a soft-bristle brush and the cleanser tablet solution, gently brush your dentures to clean off any remaining debris.

Step 5 
Finally, discard any remaining cleaning solution and rinse your dentures thoroughly under running water.

*With regular use.