How I remove denture adhesive from gums and pallet (I use Secure but this can work for others)

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I see this question A LOT on this forum so I will start a brand new thread on the method I use to remove Secure or other "Cream" Type adhesives from my gums and pallet.  First, if you use only powder, you generally don't have this issue as it pretty much dissolves by the end of the day.

Some have suggested hot beverages like tea, but I like to use either of the following two products, although disposable paper towels are an option too:

1.  Clean It Denture Wipes (essentially mini-paper towels - not like Wet Naps).  These seem expensive to me and I use them only "on the go", on vacation or for a quick cleanup.

https://www.amazon.com/Clean-Denture-Wipes-40-Count-Pack/dp/B001GCVJHE/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&q...  

2.  Microfiber Towels/Cloths from Home Depot, Amazon or anywhere really.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/HDX-Microfiber-Towel-Set-18-Pack-7-516/203837988

At 18 or 24 for $8.97, these are both cheap and effective.  I rewash separately in Hot Water and don't use Dryer Sheets or Fabric Softener.  This is obviously the "Greener" option.  They also work great in my experience.  In addition, I use them to wipe any residual adhesive from my dentures and to dry them after their daily bath with cleaning tabs.   The link above is for the Orange/Gray HDX ones as my wife uses the Blue ones for dusting and other household purposes.  The color coding system works very well for us.  Anything other than Blue is for Dentures in our house.

Find what works best for YOU as with anything denture related.

I hope you find this tip helpful and feel free to ask me any questions you may have.
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Ted

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The microfiber cloth works out really well for me - I've got a stack of them beside the sink.  One acts like a pad between the dentures and the sink while I glue/clean/dry/etc and the others are doing exactly what you suggest.

Thanks Ted
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Latonia GR

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I've tried mouthwash and a soft cloth but it didn't work fast enough for me! Spent about 15 to 20 minutes trying to get all the adhesive off of my gums. Finally tried warm salt water and a soft cloth. WOW..worked like a charm.! Cut my post removal time down to about 5 minutes! Good Luck
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I use 3 min polident clearner and add baking soda. secure is gone and my dentures are clean. i have use 91% rubbing alcohol and it melts it off on the inside of the denture. Rinse well. Secure has to be on a clean dry denture and dry your gums. It comes loose with hot beverages, and citrus and vinegar foods break it down and dentures come loose . Secure works better than anything i have tried. i order off it off
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Marti Lee

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I am new to Immediate Dentures.  Had 22 teeth removed in Sept 2019.  Use Poligrip.  Hate the goo that is left on my gums.  Have read tons of ideas on this Forum (thanks!) but no great solutions.  I went out & found GUM brand brushes. They are tiny and can be used over again.  I put the brush where the goo is & twirl it.  It is quite good at grabbing the goo, then wipe off & do it again.  They are soft & don't hurt gums.  Anybody else use this method?
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Cathy Fusco

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Whoa! Thanks for the tip! I hate when fixodent sticks to the roof of your mouth! I had to scrub mine with a soft toothbrush and toothpaste, used mildly hot water, and mouthwash...I am paranoid! 
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I had a hard time cleaning/brushing out the adhesive in that "hard to reach" area with my regulars denture brush so I took my disposable mascara wand (I use both regular or round tip) and BOOM! The adhesive had no chance
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What do you use to clean the glue off the inside of your mouth? I use the smallest amount possible of Poligrip, or Fixodent and get a great hold all day. So great, I have a very hard time removing the denture! And there's always a thin film of the glue on my pallet and gums that requires a lot of rinsing.
So I find I prefer Sea Bond. The only draw back is trimming each sheet to fit each morning
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Have you tried powders?
That may be all you need?  
I have a buddy that swears by powders for his upper.
Less mess and shorter hold time.
Easier cleanup.
http://www.polident.com/en_ca/denture-products/denture_adhesives/ultra-poligrip-denture-adhesive-pow...
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I don't think with your tight hold you need adhesive at all!
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Bonnie Gurney

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I am adjusting to dentures and have had two soft linings already and ready for another. Both top and bottom are loose if I don't use adhesive. But trying to get it out of my mouth is horrible! Even when the teeth are falling out... it seems to want to stay in my mouth better than my dentures. So frustrated!
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Christine Nicely Douglass

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My best luck was with Seabond strips. Comfortable and clean. I didn’t need anything once I got my permanent dentures, but I just broke one and had to go back to temps until the dentist opens.
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I simply use Scope and a toothbrush...takes no time at all. 
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I'm in Australia and have started using Fittydent adhesive, which is what Secure is branded over here. I use a toothbrush to get the leftover adhesive of my gums and roof of mouth. I can feel where it is with my tongue, so just wipe along it with the brush and out it comes. While my denture is much more securely with the Fittydent, I had much much more trouble getting polydent off my gums.
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I also use a soft/medium wide bristle toothbrush to get the adhesive off of my gums. Mainly my upper gums because I do not use adhesive on my lower dentures since I adhered 'Stabildent' on my bottom denture. I do use secure bond adhesive so if my top dentures are still tight by bedtime I will just brush them before going to sleep and then soak them in the morning or if I happen to get up in the middle of the night to go to the restroom. Before this, I was taking them out and it was tearing up my gums.  But I'm not inclined to use any other adhesive right now because Secure Bond has done the trick for me.
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