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How To Remove Denture Adhesive

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Glue for dentures, also known as a denture adhesive, is a quick and easy way to keep dentures in place until you can get a permanent solution. Some common denture adhesives include paste, powder, and adhesive pads. Denture glue is notoriously challenging to remove because of its adhesive properties. 

Even seasoned denture wearers disagree on the best way to get the glue out of your mouth. As the adage goes, there are many different approaches to solving the same problem (or securing a wobbly denture). The following paragraphs provide advice on how to tackle this thorny issue.

Why do you need denture glue or adhesive?

Denture glue is used by some people who wear dentures because they feel more secure knowing their dentures won’t move around. Denture adhesive may be a last resort if your dentures don’t fit properly, are poorly made, or are old and need replacement. You probably know how hard it is to get rid of the sticky residue left behind when you try to break the bond between your dentures and gums.

How can you remove dentures after using adhesive?

Warm water gargled around the mouth can help soften the glue and make removing the teeth from the gums easier. Rock the denture back and forth between your fingertips to loosen it. While the dentures soak, you can clean your mouth and gums of any remaining adhesive. Some companies that make products for caring for dentures sell a cleanser that you can use every day to soak and clean dentures.

How to remove denture glue from your mouth and gums?

Ironically, if the glue has done its job properly, it will leave a residue on your gums and dentures that can be difficult to clean. Some people who use dentures find that brushing their gums and palate with a soft brush dampened with toothpaste and rinsing with warm water is the most effective method of cleaning their dentures. 

Some people say that using mouthwash or warm salt water is the best way to get the glue out of your mouth and feel refreshed at the same time. There are those for whom the glue will loosen throughout the day, making for simple removal at night.

Cleaning your denture with denture adhesive

It’s important to be careful when attempting to remove denture glue residue so as not to damage your denture. If you are new to dentures, take heart in knowing that you will develop a routine that works for you. For some, the solution lies in a soft brush and warm water. However, avoid using toothpaste on the denture’s surface because it is abrasive and can wear down the appliance and create tiny fissures and cracks that can harbor harmful bacteria.

You can remove glue from dentures by rubbing them with a damp exfoliating glove while holding them under warm running water. If you have any glue left in your mouth, you can use the same glove to get it out. Instead, gently rub your gums and palate with a rough face cloth soaked in warm water. In the end, checking the glue quantity used can be of assistance. If you use more glue than is recommended or even necessary, it will ooze into your mouth and serve no purpose other than to be a pain to clean up.

Why do you have to remove the remaining denture glue anyway?

Why, then, should it be taken upon oneself to eliminate all traces of glue? You’ll need to put on more in the morning. Dentures should be taken out of the mouth for a minimum of six to eight hours per day to recover the gums and oral tissues. It doesn’t happen if you leave denture adhesive on your gums overnight. In addition, you need to remember to remove the old adhesive from your dentures so the new adhesive you apply the next day will be able to form the watertight seal necessary to keep your dentures in place.

Think, why do you need denture glue?

Using denture glue is an option if you have doubts about how well your new dentures will hold in place during normal activities like talking, laughing, or eating. Denture glue can help you feel more secure while you work on boosting your confidence. Denture glue is a quick fix for loose dentures until you can get them relined or replaced.


As the name implies, denture glue can be a sticky problem. Although it does a good job of keeping dentures in place, denture glue can become annoying if it sticks around for too long. It may take some perseverance to get rid of denture adhesive, but people who have used it are happy to share their tips. Sticking your dentures in place temporarily with denture adhesive is exactly what it sounds like. If you have any questions, just give our office a call or schedule an appointment.

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