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11 April, 2024

How To Apply And Remove Denture Adhesive Properly

Navigating the world of dentures can be challenging, especially for new users. One of the key components to achieving comfort and confidence with dentures is the correct use of denture adhesive. In this blog, we’ll explore the importance of this step and the process of applying and removing denture adhesives properly. Whether you are assisting a loved one or adjusting your adhesive, this guide is designed to provide clear and compassionate advice.

Understanding Denture Adhesive

Denture adhesive is a non-toxic, water-soluble material used to help the stability and retention of dentures. It acts as a temporary bond between the denture and the gum, helping to prevent movement and slippage, which can lead to discomfort and irritation. Denture adhesives come in various forms, including creams, powders and strips, each designed to suit different needs and preferences.

How Log Should Denture Adhesive Hold?

The holding power of denture adhesive varies depending on several factors, including the type of adhesive, the fit of the dentures and the individual’s saliva production.

Generally, a good-quality denture adhesive is designed to provide a secure hold for the entire day. It’s important, however, to follow the product’s instructions and not to use more adhesive to compensate for ill-fitting dentures.

The Correct Way To Apply Denture Adhesive

Applying denture adhesive correctly is very important for its effectiveness and comfort. Here’s how to apply denture adhesive correctly:

  • Clean and Dry: Start by completely cleaning and gently drying your dentures. Moisture can affect the adhesive’s ability to bond properly.
  • Apply Sparingly: Apply a small amount of adhesive in short strips or dots along the denture, avoiding the edges. Remember, using more adhesive does not mean a better hold.
  • Press and Hold: Firmly place the dentures in your mouth, press them into position and hold for a few seconds to maintain a secure bond.
    Wait Before Eating: It’s advisable to wait a few minutes after applying the adhesive before eating or drinking to allow it to set fully.

The Safest Way To Remove Denture Adhesive

Removing denture adhesive can sometimes be challenging, but with the right technique, it can be done gently and effectively. Here’s how to remove denture adhesive safely:

  • Remove Dentures Carefully: Gently rock the denture back and forth until the seal is broken. If you struggle, applying some warm water or a moist, warm cloth on the outside of your cheeks can help loosen the denture.
  • Clean Your Dentures: Once removed, use a soft-bristled brush and non-abrasive cleaner to remove any adhesive residue from your dentures. Rinsing with warm salt water can help remove residue and soothe your gums.
  • Soak Dentures Overnight: Soak your dentures in a cleaning solution overnight. This practice helps keep your dentures clean and helps make them adhesive-free the next day.

Using Dental Adhesive Remover

A dental adhesive remover can be helpful for tougher adhesive residues. These removers are specifically formulated to dissolve adhesive particles, making the cleaning process easier and more thorough. Here’s how to use them:

  • Choose the Right Product: Select a dental adhesive remover that is safe for use with your dentures. Wipes, creams and gels are available, so choose one that you find easy and comfortable to use.
  • Apply the Remover: Following the product’s instructions, apply the remover to the adhesive residue on the denture and your gums.
  • Rinse Thoroughly: Rinse your dentures and mouth thoroughly with water to remove adhesive residues after using the adhesive remover.

Book a Personlised Denture Fitting Appointments Today

Proper application and removal of denture adhesive are key to maximising comfort and helping your dentures function as intended. By following these guidelines, you can enjoy the benefits of your dentures without unnecessary discomfort or hassle. Remember, if you’re experiencing ongoing issues with your dentures or adhesive, it’s important to consult with a dental professional. At The Denture Clinic, we’re committed to providing compassionate, professional care to help you navigate the journey of living with dentures. Our denture services include personalised fittings, adjustments and repairs. For any denture-related concerns or to explore our range of services, reach out to us.

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