How To Properly Apply Denture Adhesive

One of the daily tasks of denture wearers involves securing their false teeth in place when they apply denture adhesive. Loose dentures can cause difficulty eating, chewing or speaking and can be embarrassing when they fall out in the most unlikely places. Luckily, there are various over-the-counter products available in the market nowadays which can prevent any potential embarrassment. The following article discusses how to apply denture adhesive.

It is also important to differentiate the different types of denture adhesives. Popularly used today are paste types or creams and gels which one can easily squeeze unto the denture’s gum line. Powder and wafers are also used by many who have known sensitivity to creams and gels. Unlike powder and wafer types, creams or gels are best applied on dry dentures for a more secure feel.


Paste Type- How to Apply Denture Adhesive: Clean, Measure and Squeeze to Fit

Make sure that your dentures are clean and free of any debris prior to applying creams or gels which can be easily squeezed into the gum line. Here are important tips on properly applying paste-type adhesives into place:

1. Cleaning of dentures with effervescent denture cleaner or soaking it in white vinegar will help brushing-off plaque easier to handle. Rinse thoroughly and dry your dentures thoroughly.

2. There are two ways that you can this type. One is to apply it in three short thin lines across the inner gum line while there are also other brands that require a small pea-size amount like the size of a wooden pencil eraser dabbed on three denture areas. Namely, the left edge, right edge and middle. If you have larger dentures, make sure to adjust the size to suit a perfect fit. To ensure that you follow the right directions, carefully read the instructions on the back of the label.

3. Make sure that you have rinsed or, perhaps, brushed your remaining teeth if you do not have full dentures before pressing the dentures into place.

4. Test how it fits into place by biting down firmly for about 3-5 seconds before checking for any slippage or discomfort.

5. Make sure that paste-type denture adhesive does not have excesses seepage into your mouth to avoid discomfort and icky after-taste.

6. Close the bottle or tube cap tightly and store in a cool dry place to prevent drying or hardening.


Powder Adhesives: Sprinkle To Fit

Follow cleaning procedures on dentures but before you sprinkle the powder, make sure your dentures are damp or moist for the powder to stick. Known to be a simpler, clear-cut option in fitting your dentures to your gums, it also has less noticeable after-taste than pastes or gels or creams do. All you need to do is sprinkle a thin layer of the powder-type adhesive into the inner gum line of your dentures. Fit to your mouth securely by biting down for at least five seconds.


Wafer Type: Pre-Cut To Suit Your Gum Line

Knowing how to properly apply wafer types is quite easy. This adhesive is usually cut into thin strips usually pre-measured for your dentures. Each of the wafers are usually cut (by you) to fit your denture’s exact shape. By creating a seal between your gums and dentures, it can prevent any type of slippage as well as unpleasant taste that may be caused by oozing of gels, creams or powder. Make sure to cut the strip in such a way that it fits snugly to your dentures. This, by the way, works best for denture wearers with narrow or flat lower jaws.

With all of these methods, it is imperative that you thoroughly clean your dentures before application. Plaque and tartar can cause inefficiency in securing your denture in place. By also knowing how to properly apply denture adhesive, you can enjoy a more comfortable and confident feel as well as prevent dry mouth and other oral issues associated with dentures. To further prevent any form of uncomfortable side-effects, choose zinc-free adhesives.

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