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Most pieces of removable dental work, like dentures, are designed to naturally fit with the surrounding teeth or gums. Despite this firm fit, many people will use denture adhesive to provide an extra-tight fit and to block out stray food particles.

Should a few stray food particles work their way into the base of your dentures, you should completely rinse the dentures clean of any residual adhesive and lightly dry the base with a paper towel. You can then reapply fresh adhesive. This clean surface will give you a much better hold because there won’t be any residual materials interfering with the bond between the base of the dentures and your gums.

You should also rinse away any residual adhesive when you take the dentures out each night. Then, you should brush your dentures and soak them overnight. This will ensure a clean surface so you can reapply denture adhesive the next morning.

When you are shopping for denture adhesive, you want to always look for the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. This seal means that the ADA has subjected the product to significant research and tests to make sure it meets rigorous guidelines for consumer use.

If you’ve recently been fitted for a set of dentures in Chesterton, Indiana, and you have questions about how to secure and maintain them, you should call Steven P. Walker, DDS at 219-926-4321 for an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Steven Walker.