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Denture Adhesives: What You Need to Know from Dr. Cindy Li

Hello, I’m Dr. Cindy Li from Excel Dental, located at 49 East Avenue South, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8N 2T5. Today, I want to share some essential information about denture adhesives. Whether you’re new to dentures or have been using them for years, understanding how to use denture adhesives properly can significantly improve your comfort and confidence. Let’s dive into the details.

Understanding Denture Adhesives: An Overview

Denture adhesives are products designed to help keep dentures securely in place. They come in various forms, including creams, powders, and strips, and are used to enhance the stability and retention of dentures. While well-fitted dentures should ideally stay in place without adhesives, many people find that adhesives provide an extra layer of security, especially when eating or speaking.

The primary function of denture adhesives is to create a thin layer between the denture and the gums, which helps to prevent movement and reduce irritation. This can be particularly beneficial for individuals with dry mouth conditions or those who have experienced bone loss in the jaw, which can affect the fit of their dentures over time.

It’s important to note that denture adhesives are not a substitute for properly fitting dentures. If your dentures are causing discomfort or frequently slipping, it’s crucial to consult with your dentist to ensure they are correctly fitted. Denture adhesives should be used as an adjunct to, not a replacement for, professional dental care.

In summary, denture adhesives can play a valuable role in enhancing the comfort and functionality of your dentures. However, they should be used appropriately and in conjunction with regular dental check-ups to ensure optimal oral health.

Types of Denture Adhesives Explained

There are several types of denture adhesives available, each with its own set of advantages. The most common types include creams, powders, and adhesive strips. Understanding the differences between these options can help you choose the best product for your needs.

Denture adhesive creams are perhaps the most popular choice. They are easy to apply and provide a strong, long-lasting hold. To use, you simply apply a small amount of cream to the denture, spread it evenly, and then press the denture firmly into place. Creams are ideal for those who need a secure fit throughout the day.

Powder adhesives are another option. They are applied by sprinkling a thin layer of powder onto the wet denture surface. The powder then forms a bond with the moisture in your mouth, creating a secure fit. Powders can be a good choice for those who prefer a less messy application process and a lighter hold.

Adhesive strips are pre-measured and pre-cut, making them very convenient to use. You simply place the strip on the denture and press it into place. Strips are particularly useful for those who have difficulty applying creams or powders evenly. They provide a consistent hold and are easy to remove.

Each type of denture adhesive has its own benefits, and the best choice will depend on your personal preferences and needs. It’s often a good idea to try different types to see which one works best for you.

How to Apply Denture Adhesives Correctly

Applying denture adhesives correctly is crucial for achieving the best results. Here are some step-by-step instructions to help you get started.

First, make sure your dentures are clean and dry before applying any adhesive. This helps to ensure a strong bond and prevents the adhesive from mixing with food particles or bacteria. Use a soft brush and mild soap to clean your dentures, then rinse them thoroughly and pat them dry with a clean towel.

Next, apply a small amount of adhesive to the denture. For creams, squeeze a small amount onto the denture in several small dots or strips, avoiding the edges. For powders, sprinkle a thin, even layer over the entire surface. For strips, place the strip on the denture and press it down firmly.

Once the adhesive is applied, press the denture firmly into place in your mouth. Hold it in place for a few seconds to ensure a secure fit. Avoid eating or drinking for at least 15 minutes after applying the adhesive to allow it to set properly.

Finally, remember that a little goes a long way. Using too much adhesive can cause it to ooze out and create a mess. If you find that your dentures are still not staying in place, consult with your dentist to ensure they are properly fitted.

Benefits of Using Denture Adhesives

Using denture adhesives offers several benefits that can enhance your overall denture-wearing experience. One of the primary advantages is increased stability. Adhesives help to keep your dentures securely in place, reducing the risk of them slipping or shifting while you eat, speak, or laugh.

Another significant benefit is improved comfort. Denture adhesives create a cushioning layer between your dentures and gums, which can help to prevent irritation and sore spots. This is especially important for individuals with sensitive gums or those who are new to wearing dentures.

Denture adhesives can also enhance your confidence. Knowing that your dentures are securely in place can give you peace of mind and allow you to enjoy social interactions without worrying about your dentures moving or causing embarrassment.

Additionally, denture adhesives can help to improve your ability to chew and enjoy a wider variety of foods. With a secure fit, you can bite and chew more effectively, making it easier to maintain a balanced diet and enjoy your favorite meals.

Common Issues and Troubleshooting Tips

While denture adhesives can be highly effective, some common issues may arise. One frequent problem is the adhesive not providing a strong enough hold. If this happens, try using a different type or brand of adhesive, or consult with your dentist to ensure your dentures fit properly.

Another issue is adhesive oozing out from under the dentures. This usually indicates that too much adhesive has been applied. To resolve this, use a smaller amount and spread it more evenly. Remember, a little adhesive goes a long way.

Some people may experience an allergic reaction to certain denture adhesives. If you notice any signs of an allergic reaction, such as redness, swelling, or itching, discontinue use immediately and consult with your dentist. They can recommend a hypoallergenic alternative that may be more suitable for you.

Finally, removing denture adhesive can sometimes be challenging. To make this process easier, rinse your mouth with warm water and use a soft brush to gently remove any remaining adhesive from your gums and dentures. There are also specialized adhesive removers available that can help to make this task easier.

Expert Advice from Dr. Cindy Li on Denture Care

As a dentist, I cannot stress enough the importance of proper denture care. Regular cleaning and maintenance are essential to ensure the longevity and effectiveness of your dentures. Always clean your dentures daily using a soft brush and mild soap, and avoid using abrasive cleaners that can damage the denture material.

It’s also crucial to give your gums a break. Remove your dentures at night to allow your gums to rest and to prevent any potential infections. Soak your dentures in a denture cleaning solution overnight to keep them fresh and free from bacteria.

Regular dental check-ups are vital for maintaining good oral health. Even if you no longer have natural teeth, your dentist will check the fit of your dentures and examine your gums for any signs of irritation or infection. Adjustments may be necessary over time to ensure your dentures continue to fit properly.

Lastly, if you experience any discomfort or changes in the fit of your dentures, don’t hesitate to contact your dentist. Early intervention can prevent more serious issues and ensure that your dentures remain comfortable and functional.


Q: How often should I apply denture adhesive?
A: Most people find that applying denture adhesive once a day is sufficient. However, if you have a particularly active lifestyle or eat a lot of sticky or hard foods, you may need to reapply it more frequently.

Q: Can I use denture adhesive if I have partial dentures?
A: Yes, denture adhesives can be used with partial dentures to help improve their stability and comfort.

Q: Is it safe to use denture adhesive every day?
A: Yes, it is generally safe to use denture adhesive daily. However, it’s important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and not to use more than the recommended amount.

Q: How do I remove denture adhesive from my gums?
A: Rinse your mouth with warm water and use a soft brush to gently remove any remaining adhesive. You can also use specialized adhesive removers if needed.

Q: Can denture adhesive cause an allergic reaction?
A: While rare, some people may experience an allergic reaction to certain denture adhesives. If you notice any signs of an allergic reaction, discontinue use and consult with your dentist.

Q: What should I do if my dentures still slip even with adhesive?
A: If your dentures are still slipping, it may be a sign that they need to be adjusted or relined. Consult with your dentist to ensure they fit properly.

Q: Are there any foods I should avoid when using denture adhesive?
A: While denture adhesives can help improve stability, it’s still a good idea to avoid very sticky or hard foods that can dislodge your dentures.

Q: How long does a tube of denture adhesive last?
A: The duration a tube of denture adhesive lasts can vary depending on how much you use and how often you apply it. On average, a tube should last about 4-6 weeks.

More Information

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I hope this article has provided you with valuable insights into the use of denture adhesives. If you have any further questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please don’t hesitate to call us at 905-529-2164. At Excel Dental, we’re here to help you achieve the best possible oral health and comfort.

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