Tips For Denture Wearers: How To Use Denture Adhesives

How to use denture adhesives, and other tips for denture wearers.

Denture adhesives come in three basic forms: paste (or glue), powder and wafer thin liners.To determine the best one for you and your dentures, you need to try each one to determine which suits your needs.

Paste, or tooth glue as denture wearers commonly call it, comes in a tube and is squeezed onto the gum portion of the denture.Manufactured under several brand names, denture paste is probably the most preferred type of adhesive. Paste also comes in a variety of flavors and strengths, so choosing one means also knowing your needs.

To properly apply paste to dentures, first make sure your dentures are thoroughly clean.For upper teeth, squeeze three small lines into the gum lines and one longer line across the upper plate.For the lower teeth, apply three small lines into the gum ridges.

The drawback to paste is the residues left in your mouth when you remove your dentures.I have found that using a slightly rough washcloth will painlessly pull the remaining glue from your gums.An even simpler way is to drink a glass of soda; the carbonation will quickly dissolve any remaining glue.

Powders are sprinkled over the fitted form of your denture.When it becomes wet from the saliva in your mouth, it activates the powder into sticky glue holding your dentures in place.Powders are also easier to clean off the gums after the dentures are removed.

Powder is easily applied by sprinkling a small amount over the entire tissue side of the denture, both upper and lower.Shake off any excess and press the denture into place.

To my knowledge, the thin wafer adhesive is only produced by one company.Each wafer is cut by you to fit the shape of your dentures.These work best if your dentures fit snug and properly.

The benefits of adhesives are many.They add stability and a sense of security.They also allow for a stronger bite, as in eating an apple or corn on the cob.Adhesives also provide retention enhancement when you have dry mouth or are taking cold medications.They are advised for the elderly and those with neurological disabilities including strokes.

You should not use adhesives to correct or make up for loose or ill-fitting dentures.The first time you use any type of adhesive, pay special attention to changes you may experience in your mouth, from sores to simply being allergic to the adhesives ingredients.

Denture adhesives are safe when used according to the manufacturers suggestions.They should not be used to fill gaps and voids in loose or ill-fitting dentures as this can cause damage to the mouth and gum's soft and hard tissues.

Dentures rest on the gums and the bone beneath.The bone recedes over time; continuing to wear ill-fitting dentures can contribute to more bone loss.

If your dentures are loose fitting, it is best to check with your dental provider to find out if relining or rebasing will solve the problem.If not, it is time to be fitted for a new pair.

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