Denture adhesive is perhaps the thing most associated with dentures - but that doesn't necessarily mean that people know exactly when to use it. This can be especially true of people with brand new dentures. Some people may even go overboard using denture adhesive, both in quantity and in frequency. While you don't always need to use denture adhesive, sometimes it can be absolutely essential. Read on to learn the three simple denture adhesive guidelines that you can really stick to.
Are Your Dentures New?
If you have new dentures, you are probably still getting accustomed to the way that they feel in your mouth. You'll soon be used to that feeling, but in the meantime denture adhesive can be really helpful. People often worry about the lower-mouth dentures especially. They don't have nearly as much surface to adhere to as the upper dentures, so the feeling of stability may be lacking.
A thin layer of denture adhesive, placed directly on all parts of the dentures that will directly adhere to the gums, is ideal. When you insert the dentures in your mouth, hold them firmly in place for a few seconds to allow the adhesive time to set securely.
Are You Planning to Eat Challenging Foods?
Most of the time, you will probably follow a diet that isn't too punishing to your dentures. However, there may be times when you just want to be able to enjoy that corn on the cob without worrying about your dentures falling out of your mouth.
Whenever you plan to eat very hard, crunchy, or otherwise difficult to manage foods, a layer of denture adhesive ahead of time is smart. It's always best to eat smaller bites and chew carefully even with adhesive, but knowing your dentures are secured can give you the confidence you need to truly enjoy the food without fear.
Are You Having Issues With Speaking?
This is quite common for new denture wearers. It may seem difficult to talk normally while you're still getting used to the dentures, and this may undermine your confidence while speaking. Simple practice will usually resolve this issue. Speak as much as possible at home—even reading aloud can be very helpful.
If you feel insecure about talking to others, this is a good time to use denture adhesive. Knowing the dentures are not going to come dislodged, even when you make the more difficult sounds, will help you feel that you can enunciate clearly and confidently.
While denture adhesive won't help if your dentures don't fit well, it can be life-changing in the situations described above. Call your denturist for advice on which dental adhesive is best for you!