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Denture wearers know how crucial the end of the day is for them. From keeping their false teeth in place to applying or removing denture adhesives, all is required to stay in comfort every minute of the day.
Loose dentures are not good due to many reasons. It is quite difficult to eat and bite with loose dentures. Also, it is embarrassing seeing them falling off your mouth. Thus, in order to avoid such scenarios, denture adhesives are a must.
Application of Denture Adhesives
Denture adhesives make you feel confident and secure about your dentures. However, choosing the best denture adhesive as per the requirement can be one difficult game to play.
There are different types of dentures adhesives available in the market. Depending on the type, application of adhesives is also different for each type. Different types include paste-type, powder-type, and wafer-type denture adhesives.
These days, one of the most commonly used adhesives is paste-type as these are really easy to apply. You just need to squeeze some and apply on the gum lime. Talking about the wafer-type, you’ll love it if you have some sensitivity issues with creams and gels.
It is you who need to be sure about the type of denture adhesive to be used as per the comfort level. Let’s discuss different types of adhesives and their application techniques.
1. Paste-type denture adhesive:
While applying the paste-type adhesives, make sure that you clean the dentures properly. Along with the dentures, you need to make sure that the whole mouth including gum lines are cleaned properly.
Now, if we talk about the application, there are different ways to apply the adhesives. One way of applying the paste-type denture adhesive is to put three different little lines of adhesive to the inner gum.
Different brands come up with different ways of applying the adhesives. You might need to go ahead and take a pea-sized amount, instead of three lines, and dab on three crucial denture areas. These three crucial areas are the two edges, the left one, the right one and the middle part.
Whenever you are trying to apply the denture adhesives, you should read the directions properly.
2. Powder Adhesives
In most of the powder adhesives, you just need to sprinkle some on the inner gum line of the dentures. You should sprinkle the powder adhesive on the moist dentures in order to make the powder stick on them.
It is one of the easiest ways when it is all about using the denture adhesives quickly. You just need to sprinkle a thin layer of the adhesive on the denture’s inner gum line. Once done, you can bite down for 5-6 seconds to make them fit properly.
3. Wafer Type
In this type, you need to cut the adhesive into different strips as per the size where it is required to be applied. You need to make sure that each strip fits properly to the denture.
This type of adhesive creates a seal between the dentures and the gums, making it last for long. This one is best suited for the lower jaws which are flat or narrow.
Be it any type of denture adhesives, you need to make sure that you clean the dentures before applying any kind of adhesive on it. Proper cleaning of the dentures helps in removing all the impurities and plaque formations. Thus, it is advisable to clean the dentures before using adhesives in order to avoid discomfort and infection.
Removal of Denture Adhesives
Now, the another question that comes to the mind is about removing the adhesives. Removing the adhesive from mouth and gums can be tricky. However, if you go for the correct way of removing the adhesive, you won’t find it difficult in future.
There are different ways of removing that sticky material from your dentures and gums. One of the best ways to remove the denture adhesive is to use a denture cleaner. Today, there are different brands and similar products available in the market.
Finding the best one for you needs a little work. Good cleaners can clean the denture adhesives from dentures properly. These cleaners contain different agents which help in thorough cleaning. Different agents can be like bleaching agents and antibacterial or antimicrobial agents.
These agents help in loosening the stickiness and hence removes the adhesives properly. It also helps in removing stains on teeth. You can also go for using cotton and some toothpaste to clean the surface.
Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Sodium Carbonate and Bicarbonate are the few ingredients that are quite helpful in keeping the dentures clean. Thus, you can try the denture cleaners with these ingredients.
Warm water is also helpful in cleaning the dentures. You can put some salt in warm water and use it for removing the denture adhesives. Salt helps in removing plaque and tartar from teeth, leaving them clean and stain-free.
However, excessive use of salt is not good for dentures as it fastens the deterioration of dentures.
Thus, overall, you can try to use a cloth dipped in warm water to clean the dentures. After that, you can try brushing off the teeth to remove the extra adhesives used. This will also help in maintaining the oral hygiene in a good way.
Besides just talking about applying and removing denture adhesives we should always follow few tips in order to keep the dentures clean.
For instance, while brushing, make sure that you use soft ones to avoid wear of the teeth. And, if we are talking about the use of water, make sure that the water is warm and not too hot as that can also help in deteriorating the teeth.
Having said the above, you can easily predict the best way to apply and remove the denture adhesives. All you need to make sure is the type you are most comfortable with. Along with that, make sure that you do not use any of the cleaners in excess as that can reduce the denture’s life.