A removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue.
If you remove your dentures, they should be kept moist – for example, in water or a polythene bag with some dampened cotton wool in it, or in a suitable overnight denture-cleaning solution. This will stop the denture material from drying out and changing its shape.
Keeping your mouth clean is just as important 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.
It is also important to remove food deposits and plaque from your dentures. Unclean dentures can lead to problems such as bad breath, gum disease, and tooth decay.
- Brush your dentures with plain water before soaking them to remove food particles.
- Soak them in a fizzy solution of denture-cleaning tablets to remove stains and bacteria.