December 22, 2021
Properly fitted dentures shouldn’t need additional support to stay in place. Natural suction and your saliva should be enough to keep them from moving around. However, some patients enjoy the added security and comfort that denture adhesives provide. While shopping for these products, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the vast selection to choose from. Luckily, the following guide can help you decide which type of denture adhesive is right for you.
Types of Denture Adhesive
Let’s take a closer look at each type of denture adhesive and how they work:
Denture adhesive creams are by far the most popular option. They offer a strong, all-day hold and keep food particles from getting trapped under the denture. Plus, they typically come in a convenient tube with an ooze-control tip that helps you apply the right amount of adhesive for your oral appliance. These creams come in different formulas to prevent gum irritation and are available in a fresh mint flavor!
Powders are an excellent alternative to creams. They help keep dentures firmly in place for up to 12 hours, allowing you to eat, speak, and smile with complete confidence once again. The zinc-free powder makes it easy to sprinkle on the right amount of adhesive to keep things clean.
Denture adhesive strips are another quick and convenient way to hold your dentures in place. They offer easy application, an all-day hold, and a secure denture fit while preventing food particles from becoming trapped underneath the oral appliance. What’s more, each strip is pre-cut with just the right amount of adhesive to prevent oozing and mess.
When Should You Use Denture Adhesive?
As mentioned earlier, dentures should fit well enough that adhesive is not necessary most of the time. However, it’s recommended that you wear denture adhesive if you:
- Are taking cold and flu medications (they can contribute to dry mouth, which makes your denture less secure)
- Have recently had teeth extracted (the jawbone can take up to a year to restructure, meaning your denture may not fit properly during that time)
- Frequently use your facial muscles and need extra stability (musicians, public speakers, teachers, etc.)
- Have previously suffered from a stroke
- Have certain neurological disabilities
Ultimately, the best type of denture adhesive for your smile is the one you feel most comfortable using. You should opt for one that allows you to enjoy your life without having to worry about your dentures moving around!
About the Practice
At Lancaster Family Smiles, we strive to provide exceptional, high-quality, and personalized dental care that’s unlike anything else. Our team is passionate about educating patients to help them make confident and well-informed decisions for their oral health. If you have any questions about a type of denture adhesive, we’re more than happy to answer them for you. Visit our website or call (469) 729-7707 to speak to a member of our team.
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