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Your new set of dentures created at Dr. Daniel A. Burton’s Wichita, Kansas, clinic have been designed to marry tightly with the structure of your underlying gums. This should allow them to hold tightly throughout the course of biting off and chewing the foods you eat. At the same time, many denture wearers like to apply a small bead of denture adhesive when securing their dentures in place.

This has two noteworthy benefits. First, it provides an extra secure hold to lock your dentures to the gums. Second, it also helps to prevent stray food particles from infiltrating the base of the device and causing gum irritation.

As the day goes on, the denture adhesive bond might weaken a little bit. If you’re eating certain foods, a stray particle might be able to infiltrate the base. This can irritate the gums and further weaken the bond of the denture adhesive.

In a situation like this, you should remove your dentures and give the base a thorough rinse to remove the food particles and any residual denture adhesive. Then you can use a paper towel to dry the partial to give you a smooth clean surface to reapply fresh denture adhesive.

When shopping for denture adhesive, make sure to look for a brand that has earned the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. This insignia represents that the ADA has subjected the product to rigorous testing and research to prove its safety and effectiveness.

If you were fit for a set of dentures at Dr. Daniel A. Burton’s Wichita, Kansas, clinic and you have questions about how to best maintain them, you can always call (316) 684-5511 to seek further advice.