Denture adhesive. Ugh!!!

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What is the best way to remove denture adhesive from your gums and the roof of your mouth when you take your teeth out? I'm having mega problems with that!
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Hi! I am brand new to the world of dentures...hasn't even been a week yet. How soon after getting yours did you start using the adhesive? How long did it take before you could actually chew food comfortably?
I know I'm not answering your question, but I sure could use some help.
Thanks!
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Hi. I just got my dentures a year ago. They don't fit right (waaay too big), so I use a lot of glue. I use blue shop towels (automotive section) to kind of rub the edges then peel the glue out of my mouth. If you get good at it, you can almost remove all of the upper or lower glue in one move by slowly peeling it off - try pushing back as you peel off the upper glue. I use Fixodent, it holds great and peels off cleaner. Polident and Poligrip just muddy up when you try to remove it.
I know this is an old post, But I hope it helps.
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I use a couple of different methods, one baking soda on a wet tooth brush. Don't get the baking soda wet though, then use a dry wash cloth to wipe it out of my mouth. Peanut butter removes it the best of all!
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I have found that chewing gum works two ways with getting the gunk out your mouth and also helping your gums heal.  I am starting my second week and I have been eating somewhat fine.  I am fixing chicken tonight and will see how that goes.  Good luck Jim Hart
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the chicken was great.
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Glad to hear the chicken was good :)  

I haven't tried chewing gum yet.  Now you have me curious will have to try and remember to pick up a pack next tie I am out. 
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Bubble yum is the best. Make sure you soften the gum by rolling it in your fingers
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So has anyone tried my gum idea for removing the adhesive yet.
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I thought tonight would be the night because I actually used glue today, but I just took mine out about half an hour ago and I didn't have anything left behind. 

I did use warm saltwater rinse just because on glue days I don't get to rinse as much as when I don't glue, so I wanted to rinse now and then again at bedtime.

Will glue tomorrow and try it, will try and remember to use a bit more than I did today as today's amount lasted all day and didn't leave anything behind.  I just barely put any one.  I honestly don't know how people who put it on like cake icing get the dentures out at night.  The very tiniest dab here holds them like crazy.  When I see how much the package says to use, I am certain there is no way I could dislodge them in the evening.
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It works and it work really well.  I haven't chewed gum for years - my favorite is Clove, didn't have any of that in the house, not sure what it was it was shaped like dentyne but fruit flavored. 

Anyways it worked great - thanks for the tip.  I am still chewing it actually as I have to believe its a great gum massage.  It is odd not having top teeth and chewing gum, lol - but i took to pieces so the piece of gum was big enough ensuring my jaw didn't have to close more than usual to chew it.
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It works and it work really well.  I haven't chewed gum for years - my favorite is Clove, didn't have any of that in the house, not sure what it was it was shaped like dentyne but fruit flavored. 

Anyways it worked great - thanks for the tip.  I am still chewing it actually as I have to believe its a great gum massage.  It is odd not having top teeth and chewing gum, lol - but i took to pieces so the piece of gum was big enough ensuring my jaw didn't have to close more than usual to chew it.
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I tried chewing bubble gum recently. Everone says you don't have suction on the lowers but I had enough to pull a tooth out of my dentures. I had spit the gum out before I noticed, and had to dig it out of the trash and salvage the tooth, go home and repair it.
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Freedent is a brand of gum especially for denture and brace wearers.  They have peppermint and spearmint that I've seen and it taste good and doesn't stick .  I haven't tried regular gum with my partial and upper denture.  Since you pulled a tooth out of your denture I don't think I'll try it -- don't enjoy gum chewing that much, tends to give me a headache!! 
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I used the chewing gum to remove adhesive the last time I glued them in.  I haven't chewed gum with the denture in and will probably be avoiding that, but I did have salt water taffy and that was fine. 

The gum I enjoy isn't a denture friendly gum so will probably pick some up and use it on a day I glue. It did feel great on the gums though.
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Salt water or high sodium drink like Powerade does really well. When mine are half holding and half coming off I can even kind of switch that down inside of them it will remove it and after I can take them off. Good luck I hope this helps
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hmmm will try
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I have had my dentures for a month and a half. Just starting using adhesive and tho it works wonders keeping the teeth in place removing the adhesive from the top of my mouth and gums was a 20 minute job. Tonight I brushed with, Skippy peanut butter. 5 minutes and 95 percent of the adhesive was gone. I was rinsing so much out I thought I had ripped my gums open. The adhesive is Fixodent and is pink so its hard to see on your gums but you know its there. Like I said. Most of it was gone in a short period of time. Give it a try. May not ever eat peanut butter and jelly again but if I can clean this mess up in my mouth quicker everyday it will be worth it..
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Eating an orange gets rid of it in 40 seconds.i chew 2 slices while rubbing it around with my tongue .
Spit it out and repeat if needed.
Its the citric acid that dose it
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What is the best adhesives to keep your dentures in place. I put some on in the morning and by mid afternoon my bottom dentures are ready to come out on its own. I have try fixodeint and poliedeint. Someone please help me on this.
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Secure. It is the BEST adhesive I've found and I've tried almost all. Lol. U can buy it on eBay Amazon or vitacost. I think vitacost is usually cheapest but after shipping they all come out to about same price. I can use secure in the morn and usually have to pry loose at night. I use poligrip powder when I'm just hanging out at home and secure whenever I'm going anywhere. It really does have the best hold. Its like gorilla glue for dentures. Lol
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I just dab a little at the end of the dentures
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Secure doesn't keep my lower in. I'm at work and it just popped out after 2 hrs. I've tried about 6 different adhesives and none of them work on the lower.
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What I do to remove the adhesive from my upper gums sounds pretty strange but works! I take a waded up piece of paper towel (not toilet paper) and than I just rub it as hard as I have to and what will usually happen is it will dry your gums and the upper portion of your mouth so that you can then just use your fingers to pull the adhesive out. It as I said sounds wierd but I have been doing this for years and seems to always work for me. It cannot be toilet tissue because that is too soft and will just sort of disolve in your mouth and make more of a mess. I have tried using a tooth brush but that seems to take a lot of time. The paper towel method I use takes a minute or so. Just as long as you get your upper portion of your mouth dry enough to be able to pull the adhesive from the gums. Good luck.
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I just started wearing an upper and I stumbled across this process too and it is the best so far.  Thank you for confirming my suspicions :P
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I used paper towels too until I found Kleenex hand towels that I keep in the bathroom for guests and I use them -- they are heavier then kleenex and smoother than paper towels but of the same strength as paper towels so they work good.  And I just have the box on the back of the toilet or on the sink.  That is what I use to clean the glue off the inside of my denture after I remove them prior to washing them before putting them in the cup at night.
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I use a soft (toddler) toothbrush and hot water.  Also gauze works well.  
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Ok ppl.. It's easy..use a Dry wash cloth...the fixodent sticks to the rag...I've been doing this 7 years.
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Crystal 545 I tried the wash rag tonight and it works great thanks! I've had my dentures for 3 1/2 weeks now and my gums are healed enough to use adhesive. I was wondering if you have ever tried the powdered adhesives?
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I like the powder much better. No overflow.
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Which powder and have u tried SECURE paste?
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I haven't been here in awhile.
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When I first read your post, I thought..OHHHHH YUK !! However, being at wits end and tired of scrubbing with a toothbrush for 15 minutes, I tried your idea. It works great. I don't bother with drying the paste and peeling it off, I just use the paper towel and rub the roof of my mouth and the gums with pressure, and the paste comes right off. I told a few friends of this, and they also now use this method over the toothbrush. Thanks for the tip.
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Thank you I also needed this tip!!
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A dry wash cloth . works best. It sticks to it.
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I've only had mine for a little over 2 weeks now, but I started useing adhesive the first day. Mostly because I have a few bone chips that haven't worked their way out yet, and the fixodent acts as a cushion between the dentures and my gums. I still have a little pain if eating harder foods, but it is getting better. Hope this helps.
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You mentioned "I have a few bone chips that haven't worked their way out yet". You may want to consider going in and having them do an Aveoplasti. It is surgery again but without that you are potentially destined to suffer. Honestly, I can't believe that your dentist DID NOT do that in the first place. See if there is an AffordableDentures in your area. That is who I had do the removal and I can say that I am EXTREMELY pleased! 
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I had lot of bone chips and ripped them out myself. Had surgery to remove my broken teeth and my insurance didn't pay it so now I am receiving the bill from the surgeon!

Crazy how much I had to rip out of my mouth huge pieces

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I also had chips.  They worked themselves out so no need to pay for more procedures (unless you have another issue like an infection)
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Did u still have holes in your gums...and does the adhesive come out if those holes easily. I'm1 week in and still very sensitive..and nervous about the open holes.
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I had one hole where i had a wisdom tooth.  I also had various spaces where my gums were uneven due to plaques and calcium.  As long as you don't have a clot in there, then the adhesive comes out.  I used a towel to remove it.
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I had mine made and they don't fit at all. Get this though. The dentist wants me to pay 290 per plate to have a reliable. Geez!
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OMG, are you kidding? Did you have to actually pay or did the dentist give in? They are the ones who make the molds for the dentures and so they are responsible for fixing them if they don't fit. I just had my top teeth extracted and immediate dentures put right in. I got the best Christmas present ever when yesterday on Sunday, Christmas Eve the dentist office called me to ask how I was doing and she told.me to come on up and she would fix my dentures for me to make them more comfy. Thank you santa and my dentist office. I hope.you were able to work out the issues with yours and if not call the BBB right away
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I have found the best way to remove adhesive is with a soft toothbrush and hot tap water. Yes it takes a couple minutes to clean it out, but the brushing is also good for your gums and tongue. Never takes me any longer than it used to take brushing teeth.
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hi,, i am very new to dentures, its been a week an 2 days, i am using fixodent cream, its wonderful! i am just now gettin to where i am bite down slowly when i'm eating, ,, over all i love my new teeth! Gentry in b'ham!
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Just switched to fixodent. Love it.
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I have had dentures for 40 years, my parents both had dentures & they always used the powder, I started with the powder & a few times tried that gooy stuff & always went back to powder. I started the fixodent when it was called fasteeth. I will stick to the powder. easy to use & never gooey & holds great
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I've heard from many powder users that it's much easier to deal with. I need to find some.
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To me the powder doesn't hold quite as good, but it more than makes up for it by the ease of clean up. Also if its been less than 2 weeks since extractions, powder is all I would recommend. No adhesive will make up for a poor fitting denture. If they are loose I would recommend a soft reline followed by powders.
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I have upper denture only- I find the best way to get them loose and come out easily- ( Once you get used to them moving around- which I hate sometimes- cause I'm a rather gaggy person at times. Is to eat something sort of hard ( Carmel corn, something chewy) and they tend to loosen up rather quickly. I have had my upper for a year and a half. Good Luck!
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It takes time and have lots of patience- it is all worth it. I have an upper only - I can be a gaggy person at times- just with the thought and feel of someting adhered to the roof of my mouth. Give it a few weeks, and try something new everyday if possibe- things get better all the time with eating. Good Luck. I've had mine a year and half now.
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I am super gagging! I can only keep mine in about 5 minutes before I have to get it out. I’m worried about putting an adhesive in if it won’t come out quickly but I was thinking an adhesive might make me calmer as my brain will know I can’t swollow it ( lol it a partial)
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I have the gauze pads from the dentist and use those. It takes only a couple minutes to remove most of the goo. Then I drink something hot to desolve any leftover residue.
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Really hot water or really cold water whatever feels best. Melt it or Freeze it.
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Did anyone ever get a cough from dental adhesive?
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I have. I think it's from it losing  adhesion then some starts working out towards the back of your throat. I cough and have to clear my throat. It's not the same feeling as sinus drainage.
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I've had mine for 25 years now and haven't used any adheasive yet. It takes a little time to get used to them.
AVOID!!! Bubble gum
Watch for anything with seeds...
I eat everything including apples and have no trouble what so ever...

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you are so blessed..<3

............is that a full set of dentures  ?   wcrusier@bellsouth.net

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I just got New dentures on top after 43 years, and a new fist time partial on bottom,  I hate the new set!!!!  the teeth are a lot bigger in size, and my old upper they teeth were straight down in front, the new ones stick out and give a small over bite,  I still cannot chew steak with the new ones, and it has been almost 3 months,  the bottom even with adhesive cause sores on the one side where there is a bone bump--and I have the adhesive goo problem,  hot water, toothpaste and brush 10 minutes to get it all out,  never had to use adhesive with the old uppers.
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I tried the powder yesterday and for me it has been the best over everything else. The creams are a messy business with much wasted time trying to remove it.
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Lois, same here. I have had an upper denture for 3.5 months and I cannot chew steak or even bacon! Sometimes eating a slice of toast with butter will cause my uppers to move about. Or just talking will make them fall out...and I LOVE to talk. Also, I can be hard to understand with the dentures in place. I have an appointment in early Dec for a possible reline so I hope this will help me. I use the adhesive goo and it sticks to the roof of my mouth and gums. A word of caution...do NOT sit next to a window, especially if your neighbors are outside. I was watching TV in my favorite chair, of course, it is by the window. I was engrossed in the TV show....Big Bang Theory and was trying to remove the gunk from my gums. My neighbors saw me and they told another neighbor that I was picking my nose! :)
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Have to tell you i got a giggle from your post! I pictured it and it is just hilarious. I just got my faux teeth a month ago, and have to use adhesive.. Well should say i only HAVE to use it if i want to eat or talk or sneeze or open my mouth at all. Lol if not for those nuisances i wouldn't need tooth glue! Anyways, just thought about how sometimes you can get stringy gobs when removing the gook, imagine your nosy neighbors surprise if you would have flung that gob out the window, That might have taught your people-peeper to never look again, lol. Have a great day!
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funnnnnny
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I know this post is old but thank you for sharing it. I'm 6 days in with my first denture (upper) and 14 extractions. I can't help but to make goofy faces with my new teeth. Your story made me laugh out loud. I could very vividly see it happening. You're awesome!
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I checked with my Dental Tech after about
two weeks,,my gums had healed pretty good,
i started using Fixodent about 3-4 weeks
after that,,,Second question--I could eat
comfortably after about 4-5 weeks,but very
slow,,its been two months now,,and i can eat
anything,,i just take smaller bites,,and am
a little slower,,which is all good,,good luck!!!
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I use A medium to soft toothbrush and scrape the top of my mouth with wsrm water and it removes the poligrip or what ever you use in 3 scrapes and will not hurt the top of your mouth.

Try it..
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It just depends on the person. When I first got dentures on the top I was only 22. I NEVER used an adhesive (for 15 yrs) till I got new top dentures and now I have to use it everyday. I guess it depends on how well the dentures fit from the start! It'll take you a few weeks, maybe more to be able to chew normally again.
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They sell stuff for this. The paper towels get stuck inside your mouth! YUCK!!!
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Are you asking or say there is stuff for that, because i would really like to know what that is?
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So would I! Getting that blue out is THE worst part of dentures.
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I meant goo not blue. Kindled talk for you!
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Mee tooooo!! If there's an adhesive remover please share!! This goop situation is terrible!! Ive had my full set of dentures only a week but the sticly goop makes me wanna throw up bad so I bought the poligrip strips a few minutes ago and I'm going to try them tomorrow morning i hope they work better than the goop!!
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Oh please ket us know how that works out!! I keep throwing good money after bad on different adhesives. Sea Bond comes off easily enough but it makes an unholy slimy mess while it's in there.
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Amazon sells denture remover pads. They are called D.O.C. Denture Pads. But if you can't find them by name, just search Amazon for denture adhesive remover.

I haven't tried them yet, but I have read good things about them.

If anyone gets a chance to try them, please post how they work for you.
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There is no product that I have been able to find to remove denture glue. It takes me 30 minutes or more to remove the amount of glue I need to use to hold in my dentures. Nobody seems to care enough to invent something easy. My gums are raw from cleaning off the glue every day! I am so tired of this. Isn't there anyone out there with a chemistry degree that can help make a rinse for this? If you could you would be rich!
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Some one mentioned Clean it, so I got on Amazon and bought some. It does work, even on the hard to remove Secure adhesive. I use it dry and then wet it to finish up.ccgentle and easy to use.
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Thank you, Judi! As it is, I have amazon window open as I buy my dog food through them so I'll add Clean-It to my order. 
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I’m new to this got just uppers snap in type implants. Not to happy, I still need adhesive, because they don’t fit tight. Thank You for the info to clean the mess on my gums. Will be buying. Poly grip super held a very tight grip for me, I liked the feel.
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GOOD ANSWER!!
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How does the powder work. I tried some powder once and it didnt do me justice. I put it on the lower dentures and the juices or saliva just causes it to not stick very long. How to you get it to stick?
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true it works every time. Cold water makes the adhesive stick to the dentures better than hot when removing the dentures.
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This is a good point. I found early on warm or hot water works Errol, but now hearing the description of using cold works will give me more confidence to try it out. Thanks
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I tried fixodent I experienced the sides of mouth was very sore. There were no visible sores that I could see. I then checked the product and found that it was not zinc free. Bummer because it worked so well. I am back to poligrip it's okay, does anyone know if fixodent makes zinc free adhesive? Has anyone experienced the sore mouth?
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Sandra, I have never tried it but I am pretty sure Rosie an official rep Reply to someone and said that there is a Fixodent that is zinc free.
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I've got the zinc free on poligrip and fixodent, and it's hurting my mouth! That's why I came to this site, trying to find out why. I've had my immediates about a month now, and its awful! Can't talk right, can't eat right, and if I use a different adhesive food gets under my dentures!
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De,

This thread is pretty old.  You may have better luck / more responses if you start a new post specifically for the questions you have/ problems you are trying to address. 

I don't know if anyone will be able to tell you why, it's fairly difficult to diagnose pain through the computer and there are a minimal amount of professionals who post on these forums. Users / denture wearers here will be able to speak of their experiences and give you some ideas to talk to your health care provider about or try at home.

Good Luck!
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Dissident plus has a warning .contains zinc. And EXcessive and prolonged zinc intake is reported to be associated with serious health problem and I myself been sick with my stomach . And can't eat .is there something else I could used peggy
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charlid61

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Try the Fixodent free or Polident Free, Olivafix
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ive had a top denture for 7 years and the real teeth on the bottom but the bottom real teeth got pretty bad so i had a bottom denture put in its been about a year, oh my gosh i thought i was going to die,, i reall(at the time) thought i had made a big mistake i cried a lot cause i could not eat at first i ate soup and potatos for about 3 months after the extractions i thoght i would never be aBLE TO EAT REGULAR FOOD AGAIN after a few months when the gums started to heal i started using adhesive it hurt for awhile i could not bite down i had to have a few adjustments after a few adjustments it started to feel better and i startred to finally be able to eat what i want i am a vegetarian so i dont have to worry about chewing a big piece of meat, anyway, i can eat corn on the cob and chips and syuff like that, but boy i had a hard time for awhile looking back i had som many regrets but now it fits good i use poligrip works great, and i can smile,, something i could not do for many many years,
(from nursep)
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Peter Keiser

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Yeah I hear you on how tough it is to adjust our own judgement. Not being able to smile and eat something without notice helps some ease into this new affect we may have. I wish we didn't have to remove them at all. You'd think they would find out how to keep in. I never thought I'd ever adjust to them. Now I forget either fall asleep with them in our go out forgetting to put them in. All in all I got used to them beyond my own struggles.
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You two give me hope! 
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Not sure how to post on this,  but I'll give it a try...the simplest way to remove the denture goop is do it like your removing GUM....  freeze it.  take an ice cube and suck on it in your mouth  that will harden it and use your tooth pick to wash it away!!  ( yea i know two simple )  but it works
 
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i have had dentures for 2 months and 3 days now i tryed the gooey stuff but i love the powder works great and less gooey
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first of all don't use too much. If it oozes out after putting your dentures in you have used too much. I have tried both paste and powder. I prefer powder, it turns to paste with gum moisture contact. It also disolves when I remove my dentures buy swishing my mouth with warm water. It may take a couple of times of swishing but it works better than anything I have tried.
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Hi AFM, I've been wearing dentures for nearly 15 years now and started with the FastTeeth powder on the uppers and Fixodent creme for the lowers. The powder, if applied while the dentures are wet will make them stick fairly well to your palette. The creme holds the lowers in place better, for as you said saliva & other liquids make them pop loose when using the powder. To remove the "gooey" mess residue I've found that the alcohol based mouth washes really help in cutting the adhesive loose in the mouth; upper & lower.
(from AmiWolf)
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This worked wonderfully! Thank you! :)
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Dennis Blundell

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I had a lot of trouble with the paste used to hold in your dentures, I have try most, and all are near enough the same with regards to removal, messy, and sticky. I have an electric tooth brush  from happier days. I run hot water and keep my brush wet and hot, then just brush my gums as I would my teeth, this breaks it up into small modulars pieces, then as one writer had written, I get a paper towel and rub all areas and it all comes away. Great!, but to those who are reading this, tell others, the best thing of all, is not to lose your teeth. (JUST ONE VOICE)
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I have had my upper denture for 8 months now. I work in a repair shop and fix medical equipment. I have always been a "do it yourselfer" type. I used Fixodent by itself and really liked the hold but hated the mess. What I did was to only use the Fixodent in the "horseshoe" part of the denture, just a small amount. I then use a Seabond waffer cut in half on the top part (roof).
The Seabond acts as a buffer for the roof of my mouth to eliminate any sore spots that I got daily. Now when I remove my denture I have virtually no residue left on my gums and the denture cleans up in a snap! If it weren't for the plastic roof of my denture, I would never even know I had a denture their soo comfortable.
Also rinse you mouth often with water or some mouthwash during the day. It really helps.
(from TAG)