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.

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Give 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.

Maintain your dentures

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. By taking your dentures out at night and adopting a daily cleansing routine, you'll be able to keep your dentures looking clean and feeling fresh. 

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 warm 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.

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 debris.

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.