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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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,
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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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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.
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This worked wonderfully! Thank you! :)
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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 always think if you have brand new dentures you don't need adhesive, they don't fit ,so I would speak to the guy that made them. I just got mine yesterday and the suction is so good it's hard to get them out.Not bragging just saying. What I don't understand is why do they make the palot so darn thick. It feels like you have a small frizby in your mouth. I wore upper partials for 42 years and they were weightless and thin and very comfortable. They were as lite as a feather. These are heavy and that is probably why we start right out with fit problems. I don't know just something to think about.

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If you get immediate dentures, ie they put them in the day they pulled your teeth, your gums will change as they heal, and they usually include a soft reline at 3 to 4 months, and a hard reline at 12 months.  So, before your soft reline especially, there will be need for creams, powders or wafers. Also most people will need some kind of help with their bottom plate if they don't have any anchor teeth.