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On January 15th, 2020 by Wade Klimpke

Everything You Need To Know About Denture Adhesive

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What Is Denture Adhesive?

Denture adhesive is a dental product applied to the underside of dentures to provide a close-fitting no-slip grip between the dentures and gums as they are worn. The adhesive reduces movement in the mouth and allows you extra security when wearing dentures, keeping them in place. Denture adhesive may not be necessary for properly fitted dentures but may make dentures more comfortable to wear.

How Does Denture Adhesive Work?

As the saliva in your mouth naturally adheres to the gums and dentures, it mixes with the denture adhesive and adheres to the tissues in your mouth. The adhesive itself also adheres itself to both the gums and dentures, giving the denture a stronger and more elastic grip. Using denture adhesive increases the retention of the dentures and provides a tighter and more secure fit than if they were worn without. 

What are the Different Types of Denture Adhesive?

There are various types of denture adhesive. Whatever type you choose, it is important to always carefully read and follow the instructions on the label before use.

Gel/Paste

Gels and pastes are applied directly to the denture and subsequently placed in the mouth. They may be flavoured, and come in creamy or clear versions.

Powder

Powders need to be mixed with water and then applied to the denture before inserting it into the mouth.

Pads

Pads are sticky on one side and must be trimmed to fit dentures correctly. They should be moistened to provide a good grip on the inside of the mouth.

When Do I Need Denture Adhesive?

Usually, properly fitted dentures do not need denture adhesive for them to stay in place. If your dentures feel loose or ill-fitting, talk to your denturist about having them refitted before utilizing denture adhesive. Adhesive can be helpful if you have properly fitted dentures but would like extra security when wearing them.

As you age, the structures in your mouth can grow and change, which causes dentures to not fit as well as they originally did. Your denturist can refit your dentures to avoid soreness, injury, or damage to the mouth and teeth. Always consult your denturist before using a new product, as denture adhesive is not a solution for improperly fitted dentures.

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Benefits of Using Denture Adhesive

Using denture adhesive can increase comfort and ease of mind when wearing dentures. Dentures without adhesive can slip when you talk, laugh, eat, cough, or sneeze, so adhesive can allow you to not worry about slippage during daily activities.

Adhesive keeps dentures more firmly in place, which increases stability and lets you have a stronger bite to enjoy your favourite crunchy foods. Additionally, using adhesive can keep your dentures in place for longer periods, allowing you the confidence to take part in more activities you enjoy.

Is Adhesive Damaging to my Dentures or Teeth?

Denture adhesive is not damaging to the dentures or teeth, but each application is meant for one use. Bacteria can grow and flourish if not removed and cleaned after every use, so dentures should always be removed before sleeping and never stored with adhesive on them.

When to Stop Using Denture Adhesive

Always stop using denture adhesive if you are having an unusual or allergic reaction to the product. Additionally, always visit your denturist before using a new product in conjunction with any oral device.

You should avoid denture adhesive if you have ill-fitting dentures or dentures that have not recently been evaluated by a denturist. As well, do not use adhesive if you have open cuts or sores in your mouth or are unable to maintain proper oral and prosthesis hygiene.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your dentures, MyBite can help you feel confident and comfortable with your smile.

On December 18th, 2019 by Wade Klimpke

The Ultimate Guide to Maintaining Your Dentures

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the ultimate guide to maintaining your dentures

Just like organic teeth, there are certain habits you should maintain when it comes to keeping your dentures clean. The importance of clean dentures can not be overstated, as they can affect the quality of your oral health.

This guide will feature some helpful tips and tricks on maintaining and cleaning your dentures as well as tell you some practices you might want to avoid performing. However, not all mouths are the same so please speak with your dental practitioner to find the best practices for you and your oral health.

Placing Your Dentures In

Dentures are made for your mouth, moulded in such a way to simulate organic teeth as much a way to simulate organic teeth. For the most part, dentures use denture adhesive to keep them set and secure. 

When using denture adhesive, place only a little bit on the inside grooves where your gums go. If you place your gums in and see the adhesive overflowing, remove the excess adhesive by wiping it away. Do not swallow the adhesive.

Close your mouth firmly for a couple seconds and avoid eating and drinking for about five minutes as the adhesive cures in your mouth. For the best results, speak with your dentist to find the best practices for your own dentures.

Handle Your Dentures With Care

Dentures can be very delicate. In fact, after just a few drops, your dentures can crack teeth or even lose their shape. Even when cleaning, bending or morphing your dentures in any way can cause them to warp and not fit the same. 

Remove & Rinse After Eating

After every meal, it is a good practice to remove your dentures and clean them. By running them under the tap, you can help remove food scraps and other loose particles that might have built up during the course of your meal. Leaving food or other particles on your dentures can help form gum disease if left unchecked.

It is recommended you should rinse your dentures over a sink with water or a towel to avoid dropping it and causing damage.

Brush Twice A Day, Every Day

Sometimes the best practices for both organic and artificial teeth are exactly the same. It is recommended that you brush your dentures twice a day, every day. To do so, use a soft bristle brush and a denture cleanser to clean off food, plaque, and other loose particles that may have gotten lodged in between the teeth.

If you are using denture adhesive, make sure this is cleaned off as well before placing it back inside your mouth.

Soak Your Dentures At Night

Keeping your dentures in warm (not hot) water overnight helps them retain their shape while they are not in use. Depending on the type of dentures you have, you might need to soak them in a denture solution overnight as well. Your dentist can also give you advice on the best practices for storing your dentures when they are not in use.

smiling senior woman maintaining her dentures

What To Avoid

As with all the advice on this list, it is best to speak to your dentist to know exactly what you can and can’t do with your dentures. But some common things to avoid are:

  • Soaking dentures with metal components in denture solutions containing chlorine. This can corrode the metal and cause issues like slippage or infections if not treated carefully.
  • Using hot water to clean your dentures. Hot water can warp the shape of your dentures.
  • Using rough or stiff materials to clean your dentures. These could damage or even break your dentures if you are not careful. Always use soft-bristled brushes or other doctor-recommended cleaning tools to maintain your denture quality.

See Your Denturist Regularly

By making regularly scheduled trips to see your denturist, they can keep an even better eye on the overall health of your mouth as well as maintain the quality of your dentures. Your denturist can also help you with issues like slippage and discomfort with your dentures.

Your denturist is your number one source of information when it comes to denture health.

On December 13th, 2019 by Wade Klimpke

Why Do My Dentures Smell? How to Prevent Denture Breath

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Just like natural teeth, dentures can be prone to bad smells. With the proper care, however, you can help prevent unpleasant denture smells. Proper denture hygiene is the best way to keep your dentures and breath smelling fresh.

What Causes Denture Smells?

Our mouths are the perfect home for bacteria, and dentures can create even more spaces for bacteria to grow. When you eat, particles of food can become trapped under and around your dentures. These food particles can cause unpleasant smells on their own, but also create the ideal environment for bacteria.

Bacteria feed on the leftover food particles and then multiply. The more bacteria, the worse your dentures will smell. The good news is, regular cleaning of your mouth and dentures can help eliminate these bacteria and alleviate “denture breath”.

How to Prevent Denture Smells

These denture care and hygiene techniques will help prevent denture smells.

Use Denture Adhesive

Denture adhesive helps your dentures fit closely to your gum line and prevents them from moving while you eat. When your dentures securely adhere to your gums, it’s less likely food will become trapped there. Less food trapped in your dentures will help to prevent bacteria growth and unpleasant smells.

Soak Your Dentures Overnight

You should remove your dentures every night, not only to give your mouth a break, but to prevent bacteria from accumulating while you sleep.

After removing your dentures, place them in a denture solution or cleanser. Water can also work in a pinch, but a denture solution will help to remove more of the odour-causing bacteria. 

Brush Your Dentures Regularly

For the best smelling dentures, you should try and brush your dentures after every meal. If that isn’t an option, try to at least rinse your dentures under running water after eating to remove food particles.

brushing dentures with a toothbrush to prevent denture smells

Also, make sure you’re brushing your dentures after soaking them overnight. Use a soft-bristled denture toothbrush to brush all sides of your dentures. Don’t use toothpaste as this can damage your dentures. When you’re done brushing, rinse your dentures under running water to remove any remaining denture solution.

Maintain Oral Hygiene

You need to make sure you’re cleaning your mouth, as well as your dentures, to prevent denture smells. After removing your dentures, use a soft-bristled toothbrush to brush your gums and any implants or remaining teeth you have. Don’t forget to brush your tongue too, as this can be a source of bad breath. 

Visit Your Denturist Regularly

If you’re having trouble keeping your dentures smelling fresh, a denturist can help determine the cause of the problem. They can deep clean your dentures for you and check for (and repair) broken dentures. Bacteria can hide in the cracks and crevices of broken dentures, causing unpleasant smells. 

You should be able to wear your dentures with confidence. If denture smells or other issues are affecting your ability to wear your dentures, schedule an appointment at one of our denture clinics. We can get to the bottom of what’s causing your denture issues and recommend a solution. 

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