How to Soothe Gums After Wearing Dentures

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How to Soothe Gums After Wearing Dentures
Ill fitting dentures cause gum soreness and pain. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Sore gums are a common complaint among denture wearers. Sore spots occur when the denture does not fit properly or when dentures are first introduced into the mouth. If the denture does not fit well, it will rub against the gums when biting or chewing, causing tender spots and swelling. As of March 2011, the American Dental Association has approved Benzodent analgesic denture ointment for aiding sore gums in between regular visits with the dentist.

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Things you need

  • Benzodent analgesic denture ointment

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  1. 1

    Remove the cap from the tube of Benzodent ointment. Using the point of the cap, break the foil seal located on the tube.

  2. 2

    Remove the dentures from the mouth. Clean the dentures with a denture-safe toothpaste. Use a soft toothbrush to gently cleanse the gums and stimulate blood flow.

  3. 3

    Apply a small dot of ointment directly onto the affected sore spot or onto the area of the denture that comes into contact with the sore spot.

  4. 4

    Insert the dentures back into the mouth. Benzodent can be used up to four times daily or as directed by the dentist to relieve pain.

Tips and warnings

  • While many home remedies are offered to relieve sore spots caused by dentures, none are specifically recommended by the American Dental Association.

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