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The person you are caring for may have full or partial dentures. Just like teeth, these also need to be brushed every day, twice a day. Dentures should be left out of the mouth overnight to allow the soft tissues to breathe. If a denture is left in, it can lead to denture stomatitis or thrush. When the dentures are not in the mouth, they must be kept wet, ideally in a denture pot filled with fresh, clean water or salt water. Dentures can be left in cleaning agents for the time specified by the manufacturer, but this is not a suitable alternative to manual brushing. Ensure that the dentures are well rinsed in clean water after removing them from the cleaning agent. When you are brushing dentures, use a toothbrush or a denture brush and a non-abrasive toothpaste or denture cream. Try to do this over a bowl of water or a sink half-filled with water. This way, if you drop them, they will float as opposed to shatter.
 
To remove a denture, slide your fingers along the outside edge or cheek side of the denture, right the way to the back and push down firmly on both sides to break the suction seal. This should make the denture loose and you can now remove it using your thumb and finger. If the person has a top and bottom denture, remove the lower one first. If dentures become loose, you may want to use a fixative to give confidence and aid comfort. When applying a fixative, use three pea-size blobs on the upper and two on the lower. Try to have the denture and mouth reasonably dry and put the fixative on and hold in place for 10 seconds. Denture fixative can be tricky to remove. Use running, cold water and a denture brush to remove the residue. If a denture is persistently loose and the person is in a stable condition, then consult your dentist. When a new denture is being made, ask your dentist to add the patient's name into the denture's acrylic, in case it gets misplaced. Loose dentures can pose a risk for someone with progressive dementia and dysphasia problems.