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When your dentist, Dr. Linh Nguyen, fitted you for your dentures, it was custom designed to match tightly with your gums. Even with this secure fit, many denture wearers like to add a little bit of denture adhesive to the base of their dentures for an extra-secure hold and to block out stray food particles.

If a few stray food particles do happen to work their way between the base of your dentures and the surface of your gums, it can be more than just annoying. If they’re not cleaned away in a timely manner, they can also irritate your gums.

In a situation like this, you should remove your dentures and give them 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 so you can reapply fresh denture adhesive.

When shopping for denture adhesive, you should always look for 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’ve recently been fitted for a set of dentures in Seattle, Washington, and you have questions about how to clean and maintain them, you can always call Best Dentistry at 206-783-3000 to ask a quick question.