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Which Denture Adhesive is the Best?

May 9, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — tntadmin @ 11:04 pm
Man smiling with dentures

When dentures fit as they should, you can likely get through the day just fine without a denture adhesive. However, some people like the added security of using an adhesive with their dentures. It is able to prevent small movements and food particles from becoming trapped and causing irritation and bad breath. It can be overwhelming to choose one with such a wide selection. Here are the three main types of denture adhesive so you can decide which one is best for you.

Denture Adhesive Cream

Denture adhesive creams come in a tube and can seal out about 74% of food particles. To use it, you just apply the denture adhesive cream in short strips on the undersurface of your dentures. Press and hold them into place, then bite down to firmly secure the hold on your dentures. This type of adhesive is able to hold all day by forming a thin, strong layer, prevents gum irritation, and comes in zinc-free formulas. The most common complaint behind this cream option is that it can ooze if you use too much.

Denture Adhesive Powders

Powders are an excellent alternative to creams. They can hold dentures firmly in place for up to 12 hours. This way, you can speak, eat, and smile with confidence throughout the day. Start by dampening your denture plates. This will give the adhesive a moist surface to stay stationary. Then, put the powder on the plate. You can either cover the entire thing with powder or just add it in areas that feel loose. The natural wetness in your mouth activates the powder and makes it sticky so it can hold your denture in place. These can be slightly messier than the other options, but they are highly effective.

Denture Adhesive Strips

These are used by cutting provided strips to the proper size and laying them over your dentures. Once attached, you can place your dentures in your mouth and the strips should help to provide a strong grip to your gums. These generally receive good reviews, but they can be pricier than their cream and powder alternatives.

No one wants to feel their dentures shift around in their mouth. You want them to be as secure as possible, and denture adhesive can help you achieve this. By experimenting with the different types, you may just find the one that’s right for you!

About the Author

Dr. Angelo M. Julovich earned his dental doctorate from Indiana University’s School of Dentistry. He performs more than 20 hours of continuing education each year and is a proud member of the American Dental Association, Chicago Dental Society, and Indiana Dental Association. For more information or to schedule an appointment at his office in Zionsville, visit his website or call (317) 769-3335.

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