Denture Adhesives – What Type of Adhesive Is the Very Best?

There are days when you need extra reassurance that your dentures are not going to fall out and embarrass you. Other times, dentures become loose or uncomfortable and you just cannot get to the dentist quickly. At times like these, finding the best denture adhesive for you is very important. However, it can also be a challenge. The most important thing to consider when choosing a denture adhesive is which type is best for you. There are two things to consider when choosing an adhesive. First, you want to choose an adhesive that you are comfortable using. Next, you want one that gives you the stability and reassurance you need to make it through your busy day.

There are many different types of dental adhesive. The most common types are powder, wafer, tape, cream or paste, and cushion. Please keep in mind that while denture adhesives will keep your dentures secure, they should never be used with rocking, poorly made, or truly ill-fitting dentures. They are all designed to make your dentures more comfortable and give you peace of mind – not to fix any underlying structural problems your dentures may have.

There are pros and cons to each type of denture adhesive. Powders are easy to apply. If you use too much powder, the excess is relatively easy to clean up. And, while powders do provide a secure grip it usually only lasts for a few hours at a time.

Tapes and wafers are placed on the denture base and cut to fit. This means that these types of adhesive are very easy to apply. These usually provide a good, secure grip all day. On the other hand, these do not provide any cushioning and, therefore, do not make wearing your dentures any more comfortable. Pastes and creams are equally easy to apply. They provide a good, secure grip for longer periods of time. However, if you use too much, the excess squeezes out from between your gums and the dentures and will need to be cleaned up. Sometimes this is difficult to accomplish.

A special type of denture adhesive is cushion grip. This product is applied like a cream or paste. It might be a little messy until you figure out just how much to use. However, some cushion grip adhesives can keep you dentures comfortably in your mouth for up to four days. The other adhesives last for anywhere from a few hours to one day.

No matter which of these denture adhesives you choose, there are a few other things to keep in mind when picking out a product. Always make sure your dentures are clean and all left over adhesive has been removed before applying new adhesive. Make sure you always follow the package directions and your dentist’s instructions when using your dentures or any adhesive product. Also keep in mind that allergic reactions can occur when using a new product of any kind. If you suspect you are having an allergic reaction, always discontinue use and contact your doctor or dentist right away.