False teeth, also known as dentures, are artificial teeth designed to be inserted into the mouth and worn by people who don't have their natural teeth anymore. Losing teeth can often cause the jawbone to deteriorate, changing the shape of the gums. This in turn, can cause dentures to move around inside your mouth. To hold dentures in place, individuals can use a special type of glue, also known as a denture adhesive. This can be shop bought or you can also make your own homemade adhesive.
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Things you need
- Karaya gum powder
- Tragacanth gum powder
- Peppermint oil
- Small bowl
- Small bottle
- Measuring spoons
- Stirring spoon
Gather the necessary supplies together to make your own homemade denture adhesive. You can find the Karaya Gum Powder at most health food shops and the Tragacanth Gum Powder at most bakeries or in the cake decorating section of your local craft shop. You can find the peppermint oil at most health food shops, as well as supermarkets in the baking aisle.
Pour 28 g (1 oz) of the Karaya Gum Powder into a small bowl and 85 g (3 oz) of the Tragacanth Powder, then stir them until they are well blended. Pour the mixture into a small bottle and add 30 drops of peppermint oil. Put the lid on the bottle and shake for approximately one minute, until the oil and powders are mixed.
Spread 1/4 tsp of the mixture across the surface of the dentures and insert them into your mouth. Hold them firmly in place for approximately 30 to 60 seconds. The dentures will bond with your gums and should stay in place for up to 12 hours.
Try some peanut butter for a quick fix, if you don't have time to mix up an adhesive glue for your dentures. Spread 1 tbsp of creamy peanut butter across the surface of your dentures the same way you would an adhesive, and place them in your mouth. Bite down and hold for 30 seconds to press the dentures into place. This should last for a few hours, until you can mix up your adhesive.
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