What can I expect when I get my dentures?

  • Dentures may feel bulky in your mouth.
  • You may have more saliva.
  • Dentures may move when you eat or speak.
  • Chewing and biting will feel different.
  • Food may taste different.
  • Speaking may be different.
  • Some discomfort or sore spoUpdatedts may occur - and that is normal.
  • If you have ongoing problems tell your denture provider at your review appointment.

These new changes will usually improve over time.

How do I make my dentures last longer?

  • Talk to your dental practitioner about storing dentures.
  • Do not soak in hot water or leave in a hot car.
  • Never use chemicals on your dentures.
  • Do not adjust, modify or repair your own dentures or use glue to fix them - see your dental professional.
  • Take your dentures out when you sleep or if you play contact sports.
  • Treat your dentures with great care. If you drop them they can break! 

How do I clean my dentures?

  •  Clean your dentures every day.
  • Clean your dentures over a sink filled with water to avoid breakage.
  • Use warm water, soap and a soft nail or denture brush - rinse well.
  • Remove leftover denture glue (if using).
  • Put your clean dentures in a glass of water overnight.
  • ​​A special denture cleaner should only be used if you cannot remove stains with a soft brush and hand soap.

How do I care for my mouth?

  • Rinse your mouth with water after each meal.
  • Clean your gums, t​ongue and remaining teeth after eating with a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.
  • Remove any denture glue/adhesive leftover from your mouth.
  • Do not smoke. 

When do I see a dental professional?

  • For an adjustment to your dentures.
  • If you break your dentures.
  • If you have a persistent sore in your mouth.
  • If you have extreme soreness, leave your dentures out. BUT you must wear them the morning of your review appointment.

How do I stay healthy?

  • Choose water - drink tap water daily.
  • Cut your food into small pieces.
  • Eat soft foods in the beginning and slowly return to your normal diet.
  • Be careful when eating hard foods.
  • Chew on both sides of your dentures.
  • Only eat sugar-free and denture safe sweets like chewing gum.
  • Avoid biscuits, cakes, fried foods, fatty meats and sweet drinks.
  • Maintain a healthy diet and eat from all five food groups.




Contact details for public dental services in NSW

Local health district Phone number
Central Coast 1300 789 404
Illawarra Shoalhaven 1300 369 651
Hunter New England 1300 651 625
Far West (02) 6809 8621 or 1300 552 626
Mid North Coast 1300 651 625
Murrumbidgee 1800 450 046
Nepean Blue Mountains (02) 4734 2387 or 1300 769 221
Northern NSW 1300 651 625
Northern Sydney 1300 732 503
South Eastern Sydney 1300 134 226
Southern NSW 1800 450 046
South Western Sydney (02) 9293 3333
Sydney​​ (02) 9293 3333
Western Sydney (02) 8890 6766
Western NSW (02) 6809 8621 or 1300 552 626

* Sponsored by the Australian Dental Prosthetist Association
* Developed by NSW Health Dentures Working Group and NSW Oral Health Promotion Network Committee
* Hard copies available from the Better Health Centre Publications Warehouse (02) 9887 5450​​​​

Current as at: Monday 4 May 2020