Tips For Using Denture Cream With Your Dentures

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If you are going through a full dental extraction with the help of a general or cosmetic dentist, then you should think about whether dentures are a good fit for you. If you decide on the false teeth, then you may need to invest in some denture adhesive to keep your teeth securely in your mouth. And while the adhesive may seem as though it is self-explanatory, there are some things that you need to watch out for when using the product. Keep reading to learn what they are.

Use Only What You Need

When you first start using dentures, you may notice how uncomfortable they are. This is due to the sensitivity of the gums across the oral ridges and the way that the dentures press on the tissues. Sensitivity reduces as the gums thicken and settle over the bone. This process requires you to use your dentures enough so they place direct stress on the gums, and if you use too much denture adhesive, this is simply not possible.

So, make sure you are using only the amount of adhesive that you need. Typically, you only need about a pea-sized amount, so place small dabs of the adhesive along the bottom of each denture before pressing them into place.

Using too much denture cream has some other disadvantages in addition to you simply not being able to get used to them. The additional cream can trap moisture under the denture and this can lead to the development of sores along the dental ridge. Also, some denture creams are made with zinc and long-term and excessive exposure can cause diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, and stomach pains. You may feel like you have the flu as well if your body absorbs too much zinc, so it is best to minimize your intake if possible.

Hold The Denture Down

Denture adhesives will help to keep your artificial teeth in place, but you have to allow the cream to actually stick to your gums. This means holding the denture down against the dental arch when you first secure them in place. Use moderate pressure and hold the dentures for about 15 to 30 seconds and then let them go. Try to jiggle them and if they remain firmly in place, then you can use the teeth normally at this time.

Keep in mind that even if you do get the process down well, you may still need to add some additional denture cream to your false teeth during the day. Just make sure that you are removing the old cream first before applying the new product or your dentures may sit up too high.

For more information, contact a local dentist.


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Emergency Dental Care

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