FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

LIFE WITH DENTURES

  • Will I be able to eat or speak like I used to?

    This is naturally one of the big concerns for new denture wearers and will affect people in different ways. Try not to worry if pronouncing certain words or eating certain foods is tricky at first; it just takes a bit of practice.

  • Are dentures made from a standard mold?

    Dentures are custom made using an impression of the jaw and mouth, so every set is different. Learn more about how dentures are made.

  • Once I’ve gotten my dentures, will they last forever?

    Dentures are pretty tough, but they're not indestructible and they are softer than natural teeth. A proper denture care routine will help keep them looking their best and your dental professional will advise you whenever the right moment for an adjustment will be.

  • Are dentures durable against scratches and nicks?

    Dentures are made of acrylic. The denture acrylic is much softer than your natural teeth, so do not use regular toothpaste on your dentures. Regular toothpaste often contains abrasives. These abrasives are ideal for cleaning your natural teeth but can scratch dentures. These scratches become places where bacteria can attach and grow, and bacteria can lead to denture odor. Use a soft denture brush or soft toothbrush. Unlike regular toothpaste, Polident® tablets are non-abrasive.

  • What should I do if my dentures are loose?

    If your dentures feel loose, try using a denture adhesive to help keep them in place. If you’re experiencing discomfort, schedule a visit with your dentist. Your gums and bone structure change over time, so you may need to have your dentures adjusted or replaced. Most sets should last 5 to 10 years.

  • What should I do if my dentures are broken?

    If your dentures don’t fit properly or haven’t been replaced in more than 5 to 10 years, they can chip or crack. As soon as you notice any damage, see your dentist. Do not try fixing your dentures at home as this can cause further damage.

  • How do I remove stains from my dentures?

    Brushing and soaking your dentures daily helps prevent permanent stains from developing and is key to maintaining good oral health. Be sure to use specially formulated denture cleansing tablets to clean them rather than toothpaste and bleach, which can scratch the denture surface and cause discoloration.

  • What is the difference between soaking dentures and brushing dentures?

    Brushing with a denture toothbrush will remove the plaque and food particles stuck to a denture. Soaking dentures in a cleaning solution such as Polident® kills the bacteria that can cause denture odor and provides effective removal of odor-causing food particles and plaque in cracks and crevices that may not be accessible with a toothbrush. Therefore, soaking and brushing dentures every day is more effective than brushing alone.

  • Will dentures change the way I look?

    Dentures that fit properly shouldn’t change the shape of your face, but they should give you a reason to smile from cheek to cheek.

  • How can I help my friend or family member on their denture journey?

    You can show your support by listening to them and talking through the denture process with them. For example, helping them to write a grocery list of foods that will be easy for them to eat early on in the process is also a good way to show support.

     

DENTURE CLEANSERS

How to Use Polident® Denture Cleansers

About Polident® Denture Cleanser

DENTURE ADHESIVES

  • Which Super Poligrip® Denture Adhesive product is right for me—creams, strips, or powders?

    There are a variety of denture adhesives to fit your individual needs, including creams, strips, and powders. Learn more about each product, then pick your preference:

    Super Poligrip® Denture Adhesive Creams
    Super Poligrip® Comfort Seal® Denture Adhesive Strips
    Extra Strength Super Poligrip® Denture Adhesive Powder

  • How long does Super Poligrip® hold?

    Our zinc-free formulation provides an effective all-day hold for well-fitted 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.

  • Why do I sometimes experience oozing when using Super Poligrip®?

    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, zinc-free Super Poligrip® holds all day, so you should not need to apply Super Poligrip® more than once a day.

    Learn how to properly apply denture adhesive.

  • What should I know about zinc?

    At GlaxoSmithKline "(GSK)," consumer safety is our primary concern. As a precautionary measure, GSK voluntarily stopped the manufacture, distribution, and advertising of all zinc-containing denture adhesives in February 2010. Our adhesives that contained zinc have always been safe and effective when used as directed. The vast majority of consumers did follow the instructions on the package. However, we know that some used excess product over the long term, and this is associated with potential health risks. This is the reason why we made the decision to introduce a zinc-free line of denture adhesives. Now, all denture adhesive creams manufactured by GSK no longer contain zinc and are labeled zinc-free.

    Our zinc-free products also:

    • Are clinically proven to seal out up to 74% more food particles* that cause irritation and pain compared with no adhesive.
    • Help prevent gum irritation.
    • Significantly improve comfort, confidence, and satisfaction.
    • Significantly improve stability, retention, and bite force.

    If you have specific questions or concerns about your health, you should see your doctor and/or dentist.

    *Vs. no adhesive.