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Your dentures may feel strange at first, and they may cause slight gagging or create excess saliva.

This is completely normal. It may take your mouth a few weeks to become used to them.


  • Start with soft foods and chew slowly on both sides of your mouth. As the weeks go by, try to eat chewier foods.
  • Ease back into your regular diet by cutting your food into smaller pieces.
  • You may experience a reduction in taste, but this should return within a month.


  • Your speech may sound odd at first, so you may want to practice speaking out loud in private.


  • You may get sore spots on the gums where your denture may be rubbing; if this soreness persists, you may need your denture adjusted, so book an appointment to see your dentist.
  • It may help to remove the denture for an hour or two and rinse your mouth with warm salt water.


  • Always remove your dentures at night to allow your gums and soft tissues to breathe.
  • Keep your dentures moist when you are not wearing them, and never place them in hot water, as this will warp them.

Cleaning dentures

  • Before cleaning, place a damp cloth in the sink or fill it with water to avoid breaking it if dropped.
  • Rinse them in cold/lukewarm water to remove any loose food debris.
  • Gently brush them with a non-abrasive paste and a soft brush, taking care to remove any remaining debris. Try not to brush too hard or use a hard toothbrush as this will damage the dentures, or the pressure could crack them.
  • Dentures can be soaked in a suitable cleanser, e.g. steradent, for a minimum of ½ hour. Some cleansers may require them to be soaked overnight. But always read the manufacturer’s instructions. This will remove any stains and kill bacteria.
  • Rinse them in fresh running water.

Your mouth

It is extremely important to maintain a healthy mouth.

  • Full denture wearers brush your gums with a soft brush and water.
  • Partial denture wearers clean their remaining teeth with fluoride toothpaste.
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