Denture adhesive is a non-toxic, water-soluble material that is placed between the denture and the tissues in your mouth to enhance the normal physiological forces that hold dentures in place. It can come in both cream and powder form and reduces movement and slippage when you do things like eat, speak, laugh, cough or sneeze.
Dentures "adhere" to tissues because saliva adheres to both the denture and the tissue. Denture adhesive does a superior job of adhering to both surfaces, thereby improving retention. Dentures also "cohere" to tissues, because the film of saliva between tissue and denture resists being pulled apart. The coherence of denture adhesive is far greater than the coherence of saliva. Commercially available denture adhesive formulas vary by product, but all exhibit dramatically enhanced coherence and adherence in the presence of saliva or water.
Some denture wearers find that a dental adhesive maximizes their satisfaction with permanent dentures.
The benefits of using a dental adhesive include:
Some people should not use dental adhesives. If your dentures are not fitting well and you find that you need to use more adhesive to keep them in place, you should discontinue using dental adhesives until you see your dentist. Also, discontinue dental adhesive use if you appear to be having an allergic reaction to the adhesive product, or if you are having difficulty following a consistent
oral health care routine according to your dentist's instructions.
Do not use denture adhesive if:
If your dentist has not evaluated your dentures recently, you may be in need of a new set — your jawbone changes and shrinks over time, so don't expect to wear the same set of dentures forever.
For more about dentures visit
Eating and Speaking with Dentures
Denture Care Instructions and Tips
Dentures: Temporary & Permanent, Costs, Pros & Cons
Dental Implants vs. Dentures
Finding a Good Dentist
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