Effective Ways of Removing Denture Adhesive from the Gums

There are many products out there specifically designed for removing denture adhesive from dentures, but they are rarely meant to be used in the mouth, and some even have chemicals that could be harmful if swallowed. For this reason, many patients are unsure how to remove the adhesive that remains on the gums after the dentures are removed.

There are many methods of removing denture adhesive — some using objects found in most homes, others with products that can be obtained at most pharmacies, and alternatives that a dentist may not even be aware of, though some persons swear by them.

These suggestions may not work for everyone, which is why it is best for individuals to try out as many as necessary in order to find the one that works best for them.

Home Remedies for Removing Denture Adhesive

Fingers: The first object that can be used to remove adhesive from the gums is the patient’s own finger.  By simply massaging the gums with a fingertip, it is possible to loosen the adhesive. It may be necessary to rinse and then repeat the massaging technique more than once to completely remove all traces of the adhesive from the mouth. An additional advantage to this is that it will increase circulation to the gums, which will keep them healthy. Be sure that fingernails are short before attempting this procedure.

removing denture adhesiveWarm Water Rinse: Another method is to rinse with warm water. Doing so for at least thirty seconds will help to loosen the denture adhesive from all mouth surfaces. The longer the warm water is in the mouth, the more adhesive it will remove.
Again, this will most likely need to be repeated a few times to get out all the adhesive from the mouth. Warm salt water can be used in the same manner, though it is not a good idea to use this every day if you still have some remaining teeth, as it can cause damage by wearing down their enamel.

Cold Water Rinse: A cold water rinse works the same as a warm water rinse, except that instead of warming and loosening the adhesive, it actually cools it enough that it becomes possible to peel off with the fingers. Ice cubes have the same effect.

Paper Towel: Using a paper towel after rinsing with warm or hot water is also an effective method for removing whatever adhesive remains. This is done by folding the paper towel in half and wrapping it around a finger. Using it to gently rub the gums will loosen the adhesive, and it should be possible to pluck out most of it before rinsing the rest from your mouth.

removing denture adhesiveWashcloth: A washcloth is used in a similar fashion as the paper towel, only it is recommended to soak it in warm or hot water first. Then, with it wrapped around a finger, rub it over the mouth surfaces that still have adhesive attached. This may take a few minutes, as with the paper towel, to completely remove most of the adhesive. Rinsing afterwards with lukewarm water will wash out the rest.

Using Commercial Products

Toothbrush: A toothbrush is one of the best products to remove denture adhesives from the gums and mouth.It should have soft bristles, to ensure it will not irritate the gums. It can be used with cold or hot water, depending on how stubborn the adhesive is to remove. Warm water should be used for relatively loose adhesive, and cold is better for that which is more difficult to remove. Brushing with a smooth, slow motion is recommended, and rinsing with warm water afterwards will do away with any small traces remaining in the mouth.

removing denture adhesiveToothpaste: Toothpaste can be used as well as the water, and offers the advantage of leaving a fresh mouth as well as removing what is left of the adhesives after taking out the dentures.

Denture Cleaning Wipes: Denture Cleaning Wipes can be difficult to find, depending on where you live, but some swear by them, and are more than willing to pay any shipping costs necessary to acquire them.

There are others, though, that feel a washcloth or paper towel have the same removal ability. Of course, this is a personal preference.

Other Methods a Dentist May Not Even Know

There are patients who, without meaning to, have found some strange methods of removing the leftover adhesives. There is the toothbrush and warm water method, and about an hour after completing this technique, drink a hot beverage, or a cold soda, which washes away any adhesive still left in the mouth.

Another method is to wipe the gums with a rough paper towel, and then suck on a chewable Vitamin C tablet. When the tablet dissolves and disappears, the adhesive will go with it.

removing denture adhesiveOne of the strangest methods for removing denture adhesive is to eat a piece of chocolate. The adhesive actually seems to break down from something in the chocolate, and is easily removed, which is helpful if you need to remove your dentures soon after inserting them with fresh adhesive.

Not all of these methods of removing denture adhesive will work for everyone. Some swear by techniques that other persons used and state had no effect on the remaining adhesive in their mouths. And perhaps there are procedures that have not been found or noted yet.

Anyone who wears dentures must decide which removal technique is best according to their own experience with each method. But every patient must choose at least one of these practices to keep their gums and mouths free of denture adhesive—not removing the remaining adhesive will eventually cause gum irritation and can affect the placement of the dentures. If these issues arise, speaking with your dentist is the best choice, but properly cleaning the surfaces that could be touched by adhesive, and doing the same with the dentures themselves, should ensure a healthy, pain-free wear.

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