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Denture Adhesives: Do They Work?

“Should I be using a denture adhesive to make sure I get a good fit?” 

That’s a very common question in my practice. And it comes from both new denture wearers and patients who have been wearing dentures for some time.

And my answer is always the same, no and yes. While a denture should fit securely without the need for an adhesive, there are cases where an using an adhesive makes good sense, even for just the peace of mind.

Let’s say you are participating in a sport or vigorous activity, having extra assurance is a bonus. The same goes for big events like a family wedding. You're already nervous enough and simply don’t need to be worried about whether or not your dentures are going to be problematic. These are the times when you need to relax, concentrate on the important things, and let the adhesive do its job.

There are a variety of dentures adhesives to choose from.

  • Creams are the most popular type of adhesive and usually available in a tube. When combined with saliva the soft cream morphs into an elastic-like membrane to hold the dentures tight.
  • Powders are either sprayed or sprinkled on top of the denture. Once in your mouth, the power mixes with the saliva to create a thick powerful seal between your denture and the roof of your mouth.
  • Adhesive strips are thin pre-cut wafers of adhesive that are placed on the denture. They provide the same kind of security but seem hassle free in terms of ease and mess.

The type of denture adhesive you use is a matter of personal choice and your comfort level. Whether you use a cream, powder or strips, the key to proper adhesion and comfort is applying them to your dentures correctly.

Delsaut’s Denture Adhesive Tips:

  • Start with clean dentures.
  • Most creams advise using three or four dabs per upper or lower and not too close to the edges. Don’t use an excessive amount or you’ll struggle with oozing.
  • If you prefer using a powder adhesive, be sure to shake off any excess powder before putting the dentures in your mouth. Getting the right amount of power or cream for your denture make take some practise.
  • Give your mouth a rinse before placing your dentures in your mouth. Press firmly and then bite down for a few seconds to ensure they are secure.
  • To remove your dentures, swish your mouth with water and slowly remove your dentures using a rocking motion. Remove any adhesive residue with warm water and a brush.

Keep in mind that dentures are designed to fit your mouth properly, so adhesives shouldn’t be needed on a regular basis. Overdoing adhesives can lead to an even poorer fit or health problems.

When your dentures don’t fit properly, that’s the time to see your denturist for an adjustment or a reline

 ~ Allan

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