Which Type of Denture Adhesive Should I be Using?

July 25, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drearnest @ 5:55 pm
older man wearing denture adhesive

For denture wearers, there are numerous adhesives to choose from. With all the options, it can be quite difficult to determine which one is the best choice. You don’t have time to comb through product after product, so you need a guide to aid in making the right decision. Thankfully, there is help available. Continue reading to learn how to find a denture adhesive that’s just right for you!

Here are the Different Kinds

The first step in making the right decision is to learn about the different types of adhesives. Therefore, you can better identify which kind will work best for you. Here are the three options:

Creams

They offer a secure, all-day hold, sealing out up to 74% of food particles. Most creams are zinc-free and packaged in an ooze-control tube to better ensure that you use the right amount. Denture creams come in different formulas to prevent gum irritation.

Powders

As an alternative to creams, powders help hold dentures tightly for up to 12 hours. Like creams, powder adhesives are zinc-free to help prevent elevated levels in the body that could contribute to health problems.

Strips

Dental adhesive strips provide a quick and convenient way to hold your dentures in place. They offer an all-day hold and secure fit, and tight seal to prevent food particles getting trapped under your dentures. For greater convenience, the strips are pre-cut with just the right amount of adhesive to prevent any oozing.

How to Choose the Right Adhesive

In addition to considering the types of denture adhesives, you should take into consideration the quality of the products. Here are some factors worth weighing:

  • Ingredients – Make sure the product you choose doesn’t contain zinc, as overexposure could lead to nerve damage in the body.
  • Cost – When it comes to denture adhesive, the most expensive product isn’t always the best. Adversely, it’s not always in your best interest to purchase the cheapest brand. Set a budget and make sure that your ingredient standards are met.
  • Application – Take your lifestyle into consideration and choose a type of denture adhesive that can be conveniently applied, while providing the level of quality you desire.
  • Reviews – When making a decision, take into account what other people have had to say. If a product has good reviews, you can feel more comfortable about trying it out.

It also helps to talk to your dentist and get a professional recommendation. This will provide another helpful tool to guide you in the right direction and ensure that your experience with your dentures will be productive and healthy for many years to come!

About the Author

A graduate of the University of Texas, Dr. David Earnest has been providing comprehensive and competent dental care for nearly a decade. As part of his commitment to meeting the varied needs of his patients, he has maintained professional affiliation with the Academy of General Dentistry and other prestigious organizations. Dr. Earnest restores smiles and functionality with dentures at Comal Dental, and he can be reached for more information or to schedule a visit through his website.

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