Why is it important to use a denture adhesive?

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When wearing dentures, feeling that they are secure in your mouth can increase your confidence when going about everyday life. Denture adhesives, also referred to as fixatives, can make your life easier by offering stability and comfort so you can enjoy laughing with friends and continue to eat the foods you love.

Denture adhesive can come in the form of cream and can make your denture feel a lot tighter. A denture adhesive, like Polident®, may come in particularly handy when:

Eating

Once you’re out of that initial settling-in period of soft foods and small pieces, you will be keen to get back to eating your favourite foods. Denture adhesive helps to form a seal to prevent food particles getting stuck between your dentures and gums to help you enjoy your meals.

Speaking

Denture adhesives can keep you feeling confident in social situations or when getting close with loved ones. When you’ve first had your dentures fitted, you might find some words difficult to pronounce. An adhesive should ease any concerns you may have about denture movement while laughing and talking, so it’s one less thing on your mind.

Getting used to the fit

An adhesive may help you to adapt to your new dentures and give you more confidence from the outset, easing any worries you may have of it falling out. It’s worth bearing in mind, though, that an adhesive shouldn’t be used as a substitute for a well-fitting denture. Over time, dentures can become loose, and may need repairing or replacing so you might want to speak with your dentist if it’s not fitting as comfortably as it has done up until now.

Your dentist will be able to keep an eye on the fit of your denture and talk through any concerns you might have. Secure, comfortably fitting dentures will mean you can confidently take on everyday life as you were before.