Are denture adhesives necessary?

This is largely personal preference. Occasionally, denture wearers may use adhesives. Adhesives come in many forms: creams, powders, pads/wafers, strips or liquids. If you use one of these products, read the instructions, and use them exactly as directed. Your dentist can recommend appropriate cleansers and adhesives; look for products with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. Products with the ADA Seal have been evaluated for safety and effectiveness

Some people need to use adhesive to retain poorly fitting dentures. Others may need adhesive to help to achieve an increased feeling of security with their dentures, while some need adhesive to help with retention due dry mouth related to changes in quality and quantity of saliva.

It is important to know that a minimal amount of adhesive should be all that is necessary. When a denture has to be "filled" with adhesive, it is an indication that the denture no longer fits, and a visit to the dentist is in order. In such a situation it is time, or past time, for a dental exam and evaluation for a reline or replacement of the denture.
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Denture adhesives are not necessary, but may be helpful. Adhesives should not compensate for a poorly fitting denture and a consultation with your dentist can help to determine if your denture is satisfactory or not. A small amount of adhesive, with a comfortably fitted denture can give you the confidence you need to eat and speak normally.

Denture adhesives can be helpful to make dentures feel more secure. However, it could also mean its a sign of ill-fitting dentures that need treatment. Too much adhesive can bunch up on the plate and cause sore spots. If adhesive is being used and the denture still moves around, it could be an indication that a reline or an implant-retained denture could help. To be safe, an exam by your dentist can be helpful.

Denture adhesives are substances that can help dentures stay in place while you wear them. However, denture adhesives aren't always necessary -- many people feel that their dentures are secure without using denture adhesives. Furthermore, denture adhesives should only be used as an added security measure for dentures that fit properly. If denture adhesives are used for dentures that don't fit well, it may cause further damage to the dentures or to your mouth. Talk to your dentist to determine whether denture adhesives are right for you.

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