Why do we need denture adhesives?
Due to loss of teeth our bone shrinks with time. Although a perfect set of denture is made, it will not fit so well with time as the bone remodels. Denture adhesive comes into play as it sticks the denture to the gums to prevent slippage, wobbling, food impaction, enhance speech and function.
Which is the best denture adhesive?
There are a lot of denture adhesives in the market and is subjected to personal preference.
Most claimed powder type has the strongest strength and easy to clean. They also come in different strength.
If you want a natural denture adhesive you can choose the woven cloth type with natural oil such as ENDSLIP denture adhesive.
If you want an easy application you can choose the paste type in the tube with a small nozzle as there is no need to apply great amount. The only disadvantage is that it is not easy to clean and gooey. It sticks onto your gums as well. Examples would be Poligrip denture adhesive and Fixodent denture adhesive.
Most denture adhesives come with flavor. If you do not want any artificial flavoring or color you can choose products with the word “FREE”.
There are denture adhesives with antibacterial and antifungal properties. Examples are Cushion Grip Thermoplastic denture adhesive
Water proof denture adhesives could prevent the adhesives from being washed away easily as you rinse your denture under running water after meal. This allows it to hold the denture firmly for a longer period of time. Example for this is Secure denture adhesive.
If you like a simple removal type of denture adhesive you can choose a wafer type. Simply trim it to fit your denture and peel it off from the corner once you have finished using. Example is Sea Bond Denture Adhesive
Denture adhesive strips are also easy to use and remove.
Denture adhesive removal
There are various ways to remove denture adhesives depending on its form.
Wafer, woven cloth and strip type are easily removed by peeling them off.
For powder,cream or paste type, you can
- Buy denture adhesive removers and followed their manufacturer’s instructions.
- Use cold water and handsoap to wash the denture surface. Sometimes a soft denture brush would help as well.
- Use warm or hot water may help in certain cases.
It is important to try all sorts of denture adhesive until you find the one that best suits you. A crucial fact is that you must also know how to remove them well to maintain your oral health.