The best way to keep dentures secure

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The best way to keep dentures secure
There are several techniques for holding dentures in place. (upper teeth in close up image by Alexey Klementiev from

Unsecured or slipping dentures can come out while eating or talking, which can cause self-esteem and eating properly to go down the tubes. In most cases, the upper jaw holds the dentures in place, but the gums along the lower jaw tend to shrink and change, which causes the dentures to slip. Keeping dentures in place, particularly along the lower jaw, can be accomplished through denture fixatives, denture adhesives, a professional denture suction device to stabilise dentures and professional dental implants.

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Things you need

  • Denture fixative
  • Denture powder adhesive
  • Denture paste adhesive
  • Toothbrush
  • Warm water
  • Gauze
  • Cold water

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    How to Apply Denture Fixatives

  1. 1

    Sanitise and dry your dentures. Make sure they are completely dry.

  2. 2

    Squeeze the tube to apply fixative along the surface of the dentures.

  3. 3

    Rinse your mouth with cold water.

  4. 4

    Place the dentures in your mouth and bite down firmly for a few minutes.

  5. 5

    Don't eat immediately.

  6. 6

    Remove excess fixative by brushing the dentures with warm water.

    How to Apply Denture Adhesives

  1. 1

    Clean and rinse the dentures under running water.

  2. 2

    Shake a small amount of powder onto the denture surface, if using a powdered adhesive.

  3. 3

    Apply paste to the denture surface, if using a paste adhesive.

  4. 4

    Put the dentures in your mouth.

  5. 5

    Rinse your mouth with warm water to remove excess powder. Remove excess paste by rubbing the dentures with gauze.

Tips and warnings

  • Denture fixatives and adhesives are the easiest and least expensive method of denture stabilisation.
  • The Medic8 website says fixatives help to keep particles from getting under the dentures and they help dentures to stay firmly in place when eating crunchy foods and when swimming.
  • The Ultra Suction process helps to provide the suction for upper and lower dentures to stay firmly in place. The product must be fitted by a professional dentist and can be applied to new and existing dentures.
  • One way to make sure your dentures don't slip again is to have dental implants. This more expensive and permanent method requires visits to a dentist called a periodontist---a specialist who treats gums. Metal screws are implanted into the bone of the lower jaw; the crowns or teeth made of porcelain are then connected to the screws.
  • Denture adhesives come in paste and powdered form. Medic8 says the powdered method is easier to use, but neither method should be used if dentures are loose. The gums could become sore and inflamed.

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