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Hello! My name is Den. This blog is going to cover a range of dental topics. I am not a dentist or a dental nurse but I have recently undergone a lot of dental treatment. This treatment has given me a great insight into the world of dentistry and I would like to share everything I have learnt with you here. Last year, I developed terrible pain in my mouth. I was diagnosed with severe tooth decay. The dentist removed the problem teeth and then inserted false ones in their place. He also whitened my teeth to improve my smile. I hope you find my blog useful.


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Important Reminders About Using Adhesives With Your Dentures

by Myrtle Banks

Dentures can be a good choice to have fitted and to use when you have several missing teeth that cannot be replaced with tooth implants. They help to support the jaw, keep exposed gums protected and allow you to eat and speak without being self-conscious. Many people use denture adhesives, including strips and paste, with their dentures. Note a few important reminders about these products, and remember to always speak to your dentist about any concerns you have when it comes to your oral health or your dentures in particular.

1. When you shouldn't use adhesives

One slight problem that many denture wearers encounter with their new teeth is that they may tend to slip when talking or eating, and adhesives can keep them in place more readily. However, adhesives should never be used as a replacement for very ill-fitting dentures. If you put in your dentures and note that they don't seem to rest on your jaw line like they should or know that you're relying on adhesives to keep them in place too often throughout the day, you need to have your dentures refitted. Your mouth shape changes over time and dentures need to be redone as this happens.

You also don't want to use adhesives if you have any condition that causes dry mouth, as these adhesives can interfere with saliva production. Saliva is very important to the health of your mouth as it helps to rinse away germs and bacteria and break down your food before and during swallowing. If adhesives will aggravate this condition, you should go without them.

2. Using adhesives safely

If using a paste, you want to apply it to dry dentures and use only the smallest amount you need; this will ensure it doesn't leak out around the edge of your dentures. Start with a small line of three dots of paste, in the front and then on each side of the dentures, and then build up to a comfortable and workable amount as you get accustomed to the dentures.

Powder adhesive is sometimes a better option than paste as it allows the dentures to fit more snugly against the gum line and in turn, you may find that less food gets stuck under the dentures. It may also be easier to clean each night when you remove your dentures. Strips are typically even easier to apply; for the elderly who may find that their hands shake or for any reason find that paste and powders are difficult to apply evenly and cleanly, strips might be the better option.

Talk to a dentist at a clinic like Shellharbour City Dental for more information on using denture adhesives.