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Complete and partial dentures are specially created in a dental lab to closely match the underlying structure of your gums. The contours of the pink medium base and any interlocking hardware are designed to hold the denture firmly in place.

Still some people with a denture like to apply a small amount of denture adhesive to the base when they install it each morning. This helps to temporarily marry the denture to the gums while also reducing the chances of food particles invading the base and causing gum irritation.  

As you eat and snack throughout the day the natural chewing motion can start to weaken the bond provided by the denture adhesive. If this allows some food particles to invade the base of the denture it could irritate your gums.

In a moment such as this, the best course of action is to uninstall the denture, as soon as possible. Then give it a thorough rinse under running cold water and dry it with a clean paper towel.  

The goal is to remove any old denture adhesive to provide you with a clean surface to reapply a fresh bead denture adhesive.

If you are in the Oceanside, California, area and you have a question about how to properly maintain your denture, you can call 760-842-5876 to speak to a staff member at Calavera Hills Dental’s dental office.