Stick To It: What You Need To Know About Denture Adhesives

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Dentures can help you eat, speak, and smile again. Dentures that fit well should stay securely in your mouth; however, you may want to consider using a denture adhesive so you may have even more stability. But before you purchase an adhesive, there are a few things you should know about them first.

  • Denture adhesives can come in pads, powders, creams, or liquids.
  • You need to clean your dentures at least once a day, especially if you use an adhesive. If left unclean, the dentures and the adhesive buildup can collect bacteria which produce bad breath and cause oral health problems.
  • Dentures suction firmly in the mouth with the use of saliva. If you have a dry mouth, then using denture adhesives may be beneficial.
  • You should not use too much of a denture adhesive too often. Most denture adhesives contain zinc, which can cause nerve damage to extremities if too much is taken in. Follow the adhesive instructions and make sure you clean dentures daily.
  • Adhesives aid speech and chewing. They can be especially beneficial for those who have a daily demand on their facial muscles, such as singers and speakers.
  • Denture adhesives should not be used to fix poorly fitting dentures; you need to see your dentist to alter the fit of these dentures. Adhesives should only be used as a temporary solution for a bad fit.