Dentures are a great solution to missing teeth and if kept in good condition, they will last a long time without giving you problems when you eat or sneeze. Naturally, even though you follow denture care instructions, some common day-to-day activities can cause a denture to shift and lose its grip forcing you to rush back to the dentist every now and then but by using one of the denture adhesives on the market, you can firmly fix dentures in place.
A denture adhesive is basically a water soluble substance used on dentures to better fasten them so they do not move about. Dentures are held in place by normal physiological forces but sometimes this is not enough to keep them locked in place and that is where adhesives help. An important thing to remember is that denture adhesives do not work well with ill-fitting dentures. If you have a problem with your denture, you should have it fixed by a dentist and have them advise you on the best adhesives to use.
In order for the adhesive to work, it has to be applied to the denture so it adheres to the tissues thereby improving retention. Combining the coherence of adhesives with that of saliva vastly improves retention for dentures so that they do not come loose while you are chewing. Adhesives are commercially available and they vary by product, but they all contain adhesive properties, which work in the presence of water and saliva.
Two types of adhesives exist in the market todayâ€•â€•powder and paste. Because everyone who wears dentures is mortified by the idea of their dentures dislodging during dinner with friends and family, the popularity of both types is immense. A powder adhesive is used on moist dentures after a thorough cleaning and is applied in the right amount to avoid it oozing out.
It is also the same case with pastes; using too much will make your dentures hard to clean and remove. In order to apply the paste, you have to clean the dentures and dry them, then apply the paste moderately. Both upper and lower dentures can take three or four dabs of the paste distributed evenly in and around the area of each denture. After applying the paste or cream, you should bite on the denture and if cream oozes out that means you used too much of it.
Applying denture adhesives can be done at any time whether it is in the morning when you wake up or in the evening when you are going out with friends. If there is no reason to apply it, then you should let your mouth relax for a while. When it is time to sleep, your dentures should be removed, unless your dentist says otherwise, and they should be cleaned with warm water and a soft brush.
Depending on the make of your dentures, you may need to soak them in a particular type of proprietary cleaner and your dentist should advise on that. If you get any soreness as a result of a denture, report it to your dentist immediately. By following these simple denture care instructions, you should not have any problems with your adhesives.