After a day of wearing dentures, you’ll want to give your mouth and gums a rest and your dentures a good clean. Here’s how to get your dentures out.

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How to remove your dentures

Step 1 

Fill a sink or bowl with water. That way, your dentures don’t break if you accidentally drop them.

Step 2 

For upper dentures, place your thumb or fingers between the denture and your cheek.

Step 3

Now press down gently where the denture meets the gums. Try to use even amounts of pressure to loosen them.

Step 4 

To remove lower dentures, place your thumb and fingers on either side of the denture.

Step 5 

Rocking them gently, pull your lower dentures to loosen them.

Step 6 

Practice makes perfect. You’ll soon work out how to remove your dentures quickly and safely.

Rest regularly, clean properly 

Aim to take your dentures out at night. Cleaning them twice a day is a great habit to get into.

Store well, store wet 

If you’re not going to wear your dentures again that day, pop them in water or a cleansing tablet solution. 

Boot that bacteria 

Soaking your dentures using a denture cleanser tablet, such as Polident, not only helps remove* 99.9% of odour-causing bacteria**, it’ll help give them a deep clean.


*when used as directed
**In laboratory tests. Kiesow, A. et al. (2016) J. Prosthet. Dent. 115(2);189-98. Financial sponsor: Haleon.