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May 23, 2021

4 Tips to Choose the Best Denture Adhesive

Replacement teeth needing denture adhesiveDentures are a tried-and-proven solution to treat complete tooth loss. Several advancements in dentistry allow them to look and feel more realistic than ever before. They have a comfortable fit, so you can chew, speak, and smile confidently; however, it’s normal to worry about your dentures falling out. Choosing the right denture adhesive is crucial to giving you peace of mind, but which is right for you? Not all denture adhesives are the same. Here are 4 tips to find the ideal product for your needs.

Is a Denture Adhesive Necessary?

If your dentures fit well, you may not even need an adhesive because suction can hold them in place. An adhesive can add stability to your new teeth to help you feel more confident when eating and speaking. You may want to consider using a product to stabilize your denture if:

  • Dry mouth makes it difficult to keep your dentures in place.
  • You’re a public speaker or musician.
  • You need an added sense of security.
  • You have a neurological disability.

What Should I Consider When Choosing an Adhesive?

To make the best decision for your needs and preferences, you’ll want to consider a few factors, such as:

1. Zinc

Your body relies on the right level of zinc to promote healthy cell growth, immunity, and wound healing. Too much zinc can lead to certain health problems, like reduced immunity and nerve damage. While it’s rare to get zinc poisoning, the risk is something to consider when choosing an adhesive.

2. Type of Adhesive

There are many types of adhesives available, including:

  • Cream: The affordable and easy-to-use adhesive is often preferred to other products, but it can ooze from the sides of your dentures.
  • Powder: A thin layer of powder is sprinkled on the denture, which combines with your saliva to hold your teeth in place.
  • Strips or Pads: Although they offer the best comfort and hold, they can be expensive. They offer unmatched results when keeping food particles from under your denture.

3. Taste

You don’t want to spend the day with an unusual taste in your mouth. A taste-free adhesive won’t interfere with enjoying your favorite foods and drinks.

4. Hold Time

A good denture adhesive should last for about 12 hours, so you can get through your day without worrying about slipping. Check how long the product will last to ensure it accommodates your lifestyle. If you choose one with a hold time of 24 hours, it’s still important to remove your dentures at night to give your gums a rest.

Enjoy a Stable Smile

If an adhesive doesn’t give you the support you want, ask your dentist about adding the stability of dental implants.

About Dr. Bradford G. Young

Dr. Young earned his dental degree from the University of Pennsylvania Dental School. He is a member of various professional organizations, including the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. He can treat complex issues, like tooth loss. If you’re ready to replace your lost teeth, contact our office today to schedule a consultation.

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