How to Remove Denture Adhesive From Gums

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When removing denture adhesive from gums, use a cotton swab or toothbrush and an abrasive agent, such as toothpaste. Remove denture adhesive with help from a dentist in this free video on dental advice.

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Hi, I'm Dr. Mike Glasmeier from First Impressions Family Dentistry in Antioch, Tennessee, and today we're going to be discussing ways that denture adhesive can be removed from within a denture. The materials needed to help remove denture adhesive would involve either a Q-tip, a toothbrush or some sort of abrasive agent, such as a toothpaste. Denture adhesive can be very, very sticky inside a denture, which is also relied upon to provide retention to a denture that does not fit well any more. Because it does fit so well, it also becomes more difficult to remove, so typically a little bit of brushing and abrasiveness from a toothpaste, and even sometimes a Q-tip, is often required to remove the residual amounts of adhesive that's left behind. Step one that is recommended is taking a Q-tip and trying to remove the gross amounts of adhesive that's left behind. The first thing you want to do is remove the good majority of it. That way you can allow room for some sort of abrasive agent to get in up underneath it and remove the excess that's left behind. After the majority of adhesive has been removed from a cotton swab, you can proceed on with a toothbrush and some toothpaste, or something abrasive of that nature that kind of removes the residual off. The combination of using the adhesive with the toothbrush and the cotton swab should remove the majority of the denture adhesive that lies within the denture. It is not recommended to use any sort of agents, such as bleach or peroxide to clean the denture, because it could potentially cause damage or discoloration of the denture. In conclusion, there are multiple ways that can be used to remove denture adhesive. It is recommended that you use a cotton swab first and finish with a toothbrush and some sort of abrasive agent, such as toothpaste.

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