If you are a new denture wearer, there are important information to know about denture adhesives. After all, denture adhesive cannot be that complicated. However, there is more to know about denture adhesive than one would think. Using denture adhesive appropriately can keep you healthy and give you the confidence you need when wearing your dentures.
The main concern with denture adhesives is the risk of zinc toxicity, which can create serious medical problems including bone deterioration. Some denture adhesives contain zinc. Using such denture adhesives can lead to a build-up of zinc in the body of a denture wearer, which causes zinc toxicity. Symptoms of zinc toxicity include eye irritation, intestinal irritation, low blood pressure, urine retention, seizures, joint pain, and a metallic taste in the mouth. If you experience any of these symptoms, contact your health care provider immediately to determine if your denture adhesives contain zinc.
If you use a zinc-containing denture adhesive, use it only when you absolutely need to, for instance in special social situations or occasions where you need peace of mind and reassurance.
In order to prevent zinc toxicity, use a denture adhesive that does not contain zinc. In order to find one, you may need to spend some time in the dental aisle of the store reading ingredient lists. You can also ask your prosthodontist for a recommendation. If you use a zinc-containing denture adhesive, use it only when you absolutely need to, for instance in special social situations or occasions where you need peace of mind and reassurance. Also, use it sparingly. A few evenly spaced, pencil-eraser sized dabs on both the lower and upper denture is enough for an effective seal.
It is also important to note that no denture adhesive can make dentures fit correctly. If your dentures are not fitting correctly without denture adhesive, contact your prosthodontist. In this situation it is quite possible that your dentures need to be refitted or that you need new dentures.
Remember these simple tips to make denture adhesive work for you. When you use denture adhesive appropriately, you can ensure you will remain healthy. You will have self-confidence with properly fitting dentures. If you need further information on denture adhesive use, contact your prosthodontist.
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