Dentists are often asked if you can sleep in your dentures. Generally, it is much better not to: you wouldn't go to sleep in your wellies! Some micro-organisms thrive underneath dentures which can make your mouth sore. However, sometimes it is socially unacceptable to take them out - just try to take them out as much as possible.
If you have dentures, it's important to keep them clean. You are more likely to get problems under your denture if it isn't removed and cleaned. Looking after them can be much easier than looking after your natural teeth, as you can take them out and have a good look to make sure you haven't left any old food behind. To give them the best clean, follow these simple tips:
Clean your denture over a basin of water - then, if you drop it, it's unlikely to get damaged!
Make sure you brush your denture every day, just as you would your own teeth. You should use a soft to medium brush - which won't scratch the denture - and either your regular toothpaste or soap and water. Make sure you rinse it before putting it back in your mouth.
You can also soak your denture using a special solution or tablets. Remember, though, that you will still need to brush the denture to make sure it's really clean. Again, you'll need to rinse it before putting it back in your mouth. Don't soak your dentures in