October 21, 2014
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Denture adhesive

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.

How it works

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.

Do not use denture adhesive if:

  • you have an ill-fitting denture
  • you have open cuts or sores in your mouth
  • you have a denture that has not recently been evaluated by a dentist
  • you cannot or will not maintain adequate oral and prosthesis hygiene
  • you have a known allergy to any product ingredient

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