Published On: Fri, Jan 22nd, 2021

Challenges with Dental Adhesives

It is common for many people to wear dentures. When you wear them, regardless of whether you are new to dentures or you have been wearing them for a long time, you may need to consider denture adhesives. There are many reasons why you might consider using an adhesive. Your doctor may even recommend that you begin using an adhesive. Before you jump into an adhesive, there are some points you should consider before doing so. Some companies that manufacture adhesives add zinc to their products. More recently, it has been discovered that too much zinc used over a long period of time may cause harm to your health.  If you have an abundance of zinc in your body, it has been shown to potentially cause balance issues, numbness, and difficulty walking. As long as you do not swallow zinc, it is not harmful to you.

Dental Adhesives

You must use the adhesive products as directed. When you use more adhesive than the product recommends, it can cause serious problems. If you apply the adhesive more often than the manufacturer recommends, it can also cause you to swallow it and have too much zinc in your system. If you find that you are using large amounts of adhesive, you should consult your dentist to make sure your dentures fit correctly. For the most part, your dentures should be able to hold suction without adhesives or a large amount of adhesive. You should use a small amount of adhesive, about the size of an eraser, on a pencil. More than that is probably too much. When you have had dentures for a long time, it may be that they no longer fit properly. You should consult your dentist and have them checked to ensure you have the proper fit. Dentures are expensive, which may prevent you from seeing your dentist, but it is always best to make sure they fit.

When you do use an adhesive, make sure you follow the instructions correctly. Many of us do not read instructions, but in this case, it is essential. If the instructions are not clear, you should reach out to your dentist. You want to make sure you use the proper amount of adhesive. You may want to check to see if your adhesive contains zinc. If it does contain zinc, you may want to consider a different one. It is also possible that the manufacturer is not listing all of the ingredients contained in your adhesive. You want to choose carefully. If your adhesive is oozing out of your dentures, you are using too much. If you start to have tingling or numbness in your arms or legs, stop using the adhesive and see a doctor. A tube of adhesive that is 2.4 ounces should last you about 7 to 8 weeks, even if you use it on top and bottom dentures. Your gums change over time, and as they change, your dentures will no longer fit as well. You want to schedule regular visits with your dentist to check the fit of your dentures.