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Important Tips in Using Denture Adhesive

New denture wearers and those having them fitted may be thinking and worrying about the loss of dentures due to an accident or mishap. Your dentures should be firmly in place for a long time if they were correctly fitted by a competent dentist or dental professional. It is reality, however, that dentures will lose their stability due to wear and tear and aging. Thankfully, if your dentures begin to feel less stable, there are denture adhesives that help attach dentures comfortably.

If you think that you need dentures adhesive, it is important that you know correctly use it so you can achieve maximum comfort and effect. Here are the things a denture adhesive user should know:

Apply only when needed: Good fitting dentures will not require you to use dental adhesive, so if you find yourself relying on it all the time, your dentures may need reshaping or adjustment. Dentures that fit properly do not need denture adhesive, so it is best to correct the problem from the source.

Type of adhesive: There are different types of denture adhesive but the common forms are powder and paste. It will be up to you to decide which type of denture adhesive to use unless there was specific advice from your dentist on which form of adhesive will suit you best. Some people prefer paste because of better retention than powder while some argue that paste adhesive can be messy. Some simply dislike paste for the difficulty in determining the correct amount to use. If you are unsure, get or buy sample sizes of different forms of denture adhesive and make a decision after trying them out.

Do not use too much adhesive: Avoid using too much denture adhesive. In order to keep dentures securely in place, only a few dabs of denture adhesive should be applied at the upper and lower portions of the dentures. Using too much product can be counterproductive because air pockets from too much adhesive can ruin the fit of the dentures. If you are using paste denture adhesive and it oozes out when you put the denture in place, then you have put on too much.

Do not use out of date products: Avoid unplanned use of an expired product by checking the expiration date first. You can never be sure about the effectiveness of an expired product aside from the risks from using and out of date product. It is best to buy a new one, especially if the denture adhesive contains zinc.

If you are still unsure on what type of adhesive to use, or are allergic to some ingredients, it is best to consult with your dentist.