How to Clean Off Sticky Denture Adhesive

Written by sarah hulslander
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How to Clean Off Sticky Denture Adhesive
(upper denture 2 image by David Smith from

Sticky goo that stubbornly refuses to come off your dentures---or even worse, your gums---is frustrating. There are several tricks, however, for removing denture adhesive that may help you in your predicament.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup water
  • Soft toothbrush
  • Soft cloth
  • White vinegar
  • Prepared denture cleaners
  • Ultrasonic denture cleaner

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    Adhesive Removal for Gums

  1. 1

    Wash your mouth out with a very warm salt water rinse to remove adhesive from your gums. To make a salt water rinse, mix 1/2 tsp salt with 1 cup water, and stir well. Heat the solution in a microwave until very warm to the touch. After making sure that the solution is not hot enough to burn your mouth, take a mouthful and swish vigorously to dislodge the adhesive that is stuck to your gums.

  2. 2

    Scrub your gums gently with a soft toothbrush to remove the adhesive. You can eliminate much stubborn adhesive with this method.

  3. 3

    Scrub especially stubborn spots of adhesive with a soft cloth. Washcloths or clean, cut-up cotton T-shirts work well for removing adhesive.

    Adhesive Removal for Dentures

  1. 1

    Scrub adhesive off your dentures with a soft cloth and white vinegar. For stubborn adhesive, let your dentures soak for several hours in a vinegar bath.

  2. 2

    Use a pre-made prepared denture cleaning product of denture toothpaste or a denture tablet to eliminate particularly obstinate adhesive residue. Either scrub the dentures with the denture cleaning paste until you remove the adhesive or let the dentures sit overnight in water with the denture tablet.

  3. 3

    Use a denture ultrasonic cleaner. If you don't have one, but you have persisting problems with stubborn adhesive that won't come off your dentures, it may be wise to invest in an ultrasonic denture cleaner.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not use regular toothpaste to clean your dentures. It is not designed for use with dentures and may actually scratch them.

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