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When you were first fit for your custom set of dentures, the base of the unit was designed to perfectly match the impression of your underlying gums. This served to hold them firmly in place for many years. Yet as time goes on, it is possible for the structure of your mouth to gradually change.

The aging process and a lack of natural dental structure in the area can cause the underlying bone tissues in your mouth to atrophy. This is even more likely to occur if you lost your teeth to severely untreated periodontal disease.

A significant case of bone atrophy might require oral surgery or other intervention. However, if your dentures have just started to feel a little loose, you might be able to easily remedy the problem by applying an additional bead of denture adhesive.

Along with locking your dentures firmly in place, the denture adhesive can even help to prevent stray food particles from infiltrating the base of the dentures.

In a situation where a little bit of food material does become trapped between the base and the gums, you should completely rinse the dentures clean of any residual adhesive and lightly dry the base with a paper towel. You can then apply fresh adhesive. This clean surface will give you a much better hold because there won’t be any residual material interfering with the relationship between the base of the dentures and your gums.

When you remove your dentures at night, you should rinse away any residual adhesive before brushing your dentures and soaking them overnight. This will insure a clean surface to reapply denture adhesive to the next morning.

Before using any brand of denture adhesive, you should look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This signifies that the oral product has been researched and tested to meet rigorously guidelines for safety as well as effectiveness.

If you have questions denture adhesive or bone atrophy, you can always call (337) 443-4912 to speak to one of the dental specialists at Barras Family Dentistry’s Lafayette, Louisiana, clinic.