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Your complete denture is an effective solution for restoring your basic oral function after the loss of your teeth. When Dr. James N. Aldridge Jr. originally designed the dental appliance it was intended to tightly match the existing structure of your gums.

As the years go by it’s possible for the underlying bone structure of your mouth to change. This gradual condition of oral atrophy can cause your denture to feel increasingly loose in your mouth.

Early on you can help counter this effect by adding a modest amount of denture adhesive when you install your dentures each morning. This can help secure the unit in place while also helping to keep food particles from invading the base of your denture. It might also help to keep a little denture adhesive with you as you go about your day, in case you need to reapply.

When you remove your dentures at night you should rinse away any residual adhesive before brushing and soaking them overnight. This will ensure a clean surface to reapply denture adhesive to the next morning.

Before purchasing a specific brand of denture adhesive you should look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This small logo on the package indicates that the product has been researched and tested to meet rigorous guidelines for safety and effectiveness.

If you are in the Huntington, West Virginia area and you have questions denture adhesive or bone atrophy you can always call 304-523-3666 to speak to one of the dental specialists at James Aldridge Jr. DDS.