Denture adhesive is used to keep dentures in place during normal daily activity. It is applied to the fitting surface of dentures. In the mouth, with the presence of water from saliva, the material swells and creates an adhesion between the denture and the gum that improves the retention and stability on denture wearing.
The main ingredients in denture adhesives are polymethyl vinyl ether-malevich anhydrade (PVM-MA) copolymer and sodium carboxymethylcellulose (CMC). Some denture adhesive products contain zinc to provide greater strength of adhesion.
Is it suitable for you?
Usually a well made denture is retentive enough without the use of any adhesives. However, the dentist may recommend using it in some cases:
Points to note for using denture adhesive
1.Ask for dentist's advices before use. Any trial to use denture adhesives without knowing the cause of loose denture may result in more bone resorption, and make it harder to manufacture another good denture or even repair the old one.
2.Choose a zinc-free denture adhesive, because chronic excessive intake of zinc can adversely affect general health.
3.Refer to the notes of application before use, and remember to:
4.Avoid very hot liquids which may dissolve the denture adhesive material.
5.See dentist regularly for checking up your teeth and adjusting the denture.