Slippage is a common problem experienced by many people with dentures. To help reduce the embarrassment and frustration caused by this issue, many people turn to denture adhesives. If you have dentures and would like to learn more, read on. This article will provide answers to two common questions about denture adhesives:

When is it okay to use a denture adhesive?

Denture adhesives are considered a helpful option when used in conjunction with properly fitted dentures. In that case, they act to improve the adherence, stability, and potential bite force of the dentures. This affords the user an extra measure of security and peace of mind.  

Likewise, denture adhesives are often implemented to assist those who suffer from an excessively dry mouth, a condition also known as xerostomia. This condition is often simply a part of the aging process, though it may also be caused by:

  • prescription medications
  • neurological impairments, such as those caused by stroke
  • smoking, or the use of other tobacco products

Denture users with dry mouth often experience slippage. This is because saliva plays an important role in creating the suction necessary to keep dentures in place. In the absence of adequate saliva levels, many people opt to utilize a denture adhesive instead.

Are there any situations when adhesives shouldn’t be used?

Denture adhesives are not an appropriate solution in all cases. For instance, many people are tempted to use adhesives to treat discomfort or slippage caused by dentures that have been poorly fitted. The more appropriate solution in this case is to describe the problem to your dentist, who will be able to help you evaluate whether you need to have a better fitting pair of dentures made.

You see, your mouth naturally changes over time. Both your jawbone and the gum tissue on which your dentures sit are prone to shrink and/or deteriorate as years go by. If such changes are the true cause of your problem, adhesives can only do so much. Even if they do help keep your dentures in place, they may act to mask–or even exacerbate–other problems caused by ill-fitting dentures.

It is important to have your dentures re-evaluated on a regular basis–at the very least, once every two to five years. It is especially important to see your dentist if you have found yourself needing to use more and more adhesive to keep your dentures in place. This is a sign that you’re overdue for a denture adjustment. To learn more, contact a company like Barthmann Denture Clinic implants with any questions or concerns you have.