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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.

Written by Wade Klimpke

Wade Klimpke is a past President and long-standing member of the College of Alberta Denturists. Wade leads a number of industry working groups which help advance and monitor old, current, and new industry developments. This has allowed him to gain a number of industry relationships with implant dentistry suppliers in Canada and the United States.
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