Denture Cleanser Tablets

1. What is the best way to clean dentures?

Caring for your denture is as important as caring for natural teeth. Regular toothpastes designed for natural teeth may not be suitable for dentures as they may scratch the denture surface. Dentures need cleaning daily, and because they are different from natural teeth, they require special methods, like a denture cleanser, which are designed to kill bacteria and reduce plaque and stain build-up when used as directed.

2. How do I use Polident® denture cleansers?

  1. Drop one Polident® Cleanser tablet into enough very warm (not hot) water to cover denture for the time stated on the pack instructions.
  2. After soaking for the time as indicated on pack with the denture cleaning tablets, brush denture with the solution using a soft brush.
  3. Rinse denture well with running water. Discard solution immediately after use. Refer to pack instructions

3. How long should dentures be left in the Polident® solution?

The denture cleanser should be used for the recommended soaking times on pack. The used solution should be discarded after a single soak.

4. How do Polident® denture cleansers work? 

When used as directed, the multi-ingredient cleaning system in Polident® helps clean dentures by removing plaque and stains and killing odour-causing bacteria. The oxidants, sodium perborate, sodium percarbonate and potassium monopersulfate, in the formulation are bleaches and work to remove the stains that can build up each day. They help in killing bacteria that are harboured by your dentures. 

The detergent, sodium lauryl sulfoacetate, cleans dentures by helping to lift the stain debris from the surface. The effervescent ingredients, sodium bicarbonate and citric acid, help to break down the tablet and disperse the other ingredients so they can get to work cleaning your denture. These actions are helped by brushing your dentures with the solution after soaking.

5. How often can I use Polident® cleanser? 

Polident® cleanser is recommended for daily use. Refer to pack instructions.

6. Can I use more or less Polident® denture cleaning tablets than recommended?

No, always use Polident® formula as directed.

7. Can I use Polident® soaking solution multiple times for cleaning the dentures?

No.  The used solution should be discarded after a single soak.

8. Should I use 1 tablet for each denture (upper and lower) or 1 tablet per glass?

Place both dentures in a glass and use one tablet.

9. Why is it important to use Polident® every day? 

A daily denture cleaning regime is essential to maintain good oral and denture hygiene.
Once a denture is placed in the mouth, plaque, stains and bacteria start to build up.
Polident® is specifically formulated for removing plaque and stains without damaging the denture. It also kills 99.9% of odour causing bacteria*.

*in laboratory tests

We recommend soaking daily with Polident® denture cleanser followed by brushing with the solution and a thorough rinse under running water.

10. Why should I use Polident® tablets instead of regular toothpaste?

Regular toothpastes contain abrasives that help clean natural teeth primarily through mechanical action. As you know the acrylic used in dentures is softer than natural enamel. Therefore abrasives in toothpaste can scratch the denture surface, helping to create the ideal conditions for growth of odour-causing bacteria.

Polident® unique denture cleanser tablet formulations are non-abrasive, specifically designed to be gentle on dentures but help kill odour causing bacteria.

11. Can Polident® denture cleanser products be used with orthodontic appliances?

When used as directed, Polident® cleansers are suitable to use with dental/orthodontic appliances made up of polymethyl methacrylate, stainless steel and cobalt chrome alloys. Please check with your dentist or dental professional for advice specific to your appliance.

12. I’ve noticed flecks in the Polident® solution. Is that normal?

After the Polident® solution has fully dissolved, you may notice sediment at the bottom of the container. This is normal.

Remember to thoroughly rinse your denture with running water as part of your denture care routine before placing it in your mouth.

Denture Adhesive

1. How do I use Polident® denture adhesive?

  1. Clean and dry your dentures
  2. Apply Polident® adhesive as directed on pack in short strips not too close to the denture edges
  3. Rinse mouth before inserting dentures
  4. Press dentures into place, hold firmly and bite down for a few seconds to secure
  5. When using for the first time, apply a small amount of adhesive. It may take a few attempts to find the right amount for your denture. Wait several minutes before eating or drinking. Always follow the instructions on the pack.

2. Can I use denture adhesives regularly?

Polident® denture adhesive has a long established efficacy profile when used according to label directions. Visit your dentist regularly to ensure correct denture fit.

3. Is there a limit to the amount of denture adhesive that I can use in a day?

You should always follow label use instructions and use the smallest amount necessary to get the desired benefit. Applied once a day as per usage instructions it has been shown to provide all-day hold (up to 12 hours)

4. What would happen if I ingest some of the adhesive?

Swallowing small amounts of this product, when used as directed, may occur and is not known to be harmful. Denture adhesive is generally well tolerated and has a long established safety profile.

Ingestion of large amount of denture adhesive should be avoided. We always recommend using any GSK product as described in the product label.

5. Why do I sometimes experience oozing when using Polident® denture adhesive?

When you experience oozing of denture adhesive cream from beneath dentures, it's a sign that you’re using too much. If oozing occurs, reduce the amount of denture adhesive that you are applying. Remember, Polident® denture adhesive holds all day (up to 12 hours), so you should not need to apply it more than once a day.

6. How long does Polident® denture adhesive hold?

Our formulation provides an effective all-day hold for well-fitting dentures (up to 12 hours) — depending upon the individual, the fit of the denture, and the amount of saliva in the mouth and the foods and beverages that are consumed. Visit your dentist regularly. Ill-fitting dentures may impair your health.

7. How do Polident® denture adhesives work?

Polident® adhesives have demonstrated in clinical studies to provide the benefits of all-day hold and sealing out food particles. The adhesive swells in the presence of moisture (saliva) and excludes the air from between the denture and gums. Spaces between the denture and gums are reduced, giving you greater confidence to bite harder and eat a healthy varied diet.

8. How does Polident® denture adhesive seal out food?

Polident® denture adhesives hydrate to form a physical barrier between the gum and the denture surface. This physical barrier serves to help seal out food particles from getting trapped between the gums and the denture.

9. How do I remove the adhesive from my mouth and dentures?

You should swish your mouth with warm water and then take the dentures out slowly using rocking motions.

To remove adhesive residue from dentures, soak in a Polident® denture cleanser as per label instructions and brush any remaining adhesive from the denture.

To remove adhesive residue from the mouth, brush the roof of the mouth and gums with a toothbrush, and warm water.

10. Is Polident® adhesive ok to be used by pregnant women?

There is no evidence to suggest safety issues following the use of GSK denture adhesives during pregnancy. Contact your healthcare professional for more information.

11. Do GSK Oral Health products contain triclosan?

In 2008, GSK Consumer Healthcare took the decision to remove triclosan from its oral care products, worldwide. Triclosan was removed from all oral care products, by January 2013.

Triclosan is a chemical with antibacterial properties that has been widely used for over 30 years in consumer products such as detergents, soaps, skin cleansers, deodorants, lotions, creams, toothpastes, and oral health care products. Scientific and public opinion is divided as to the safety profile of triclosan. GSK Oral Care products were reformulated without triclosan and offer consumers the same core product benefits.

POLIDENT® is a registered trade mark of the GSK group of companies or its licensor.