Why isn't Fixodent working for me any more?

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I have had new dentures for going on 4 months now. When I was first able to use Fixodent, it lasted all day. Now I have to re-apply to the lower denture after each meal. The upper holds just fine which is very strange!

The only change that I can think of is that I have made several trips to my dentist for adjustments - he applies a soft liner. Could it be that Fixodent does not adhere to the soft liner well enough to give me a good seal on my lower?

Will this situation improve after my permanent adjustment (not until March!)? I'm about to the end of my rope with my lower - it's been nothing but trouble. The upper is and always has been great!
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Karen, Employee

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Hi Mary, we know it's frustrating when your teeth come loose.  Fixodent is designed to hold all day and should only be applied once per day.  Since we can't recommend using Fixodent with soft liners, check with your dentist about this.  He or she can let you know if an adhesive can be used with your liner.  

A lower denture can cause more grief than an upper, but hang in there - it will get better!
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Uh oh .....
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joan rosenblatt

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Try SECURE
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Norman Sully

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I have new dentures and my dentist told me to use Fixodent. I have the strongest ‘BEST HOLD’ and it hardly lasts a meal and I am using great care.
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Diane O'Kelley

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Fixodent lasts all day for me. Regular or Ultra, doesn't matter. I relined with Perma Soft and now just a tiny application of Fixodent lasts 24 hours.
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Diane O'Kelley

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Fixodent lasts all day for me. Regular or Ultra, doesn't matter. I relined with Perma Soft and now just a tiny application of Fixodent lasts 24 hours.
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Fixodent has changed their formula, and NOT for the better. If it's a matter of cost of producing the product I would personally be willing to pay more for the old product (Fixodent Complete) it was the best on the market. Did Fixodent weaken it so we have to use (and buy) more?
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Thanks for your reply, Sue.  Actually, we haven't made any recent changes to the formula of Fixodent.  If you're looking for Fixodent Complete Multicare, it's now known as Fixodent Complete Soothing Mint.  It's the same great product, just with a new name and package.  If you find your denture adhesive isn't holding as long as it used to, check with your dentist.  After teeth are extracted, the jawbone continues to shrink and change over time, which can affect the fit of your dentures.  It could be that an adjustment or a reline will help.  
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Gloria, we are so sorry to hear that you have had issues with Fixodent. We still haven't made any changes to the formula.  If you find your denture adhesive isn't holding as long as it used to, check with your dentist for a possible denture fit issue. Ongoing changes in your mouth can affect the fit of your dentures.  It could be that an adjustment or a reline will help. If you have noticed this happening when using a certain tube or container of Fixodent, please let us know so we can look further into it. Thanks!  
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Sandra Perry

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It is definitely not the same.Someone is not telling the truth!
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Kath Farthing

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I havent found an effective fixative yet even after 9 months of new dentures. Each one says to use warm water to loosen...so ..a hot drink or food does the job as well. Just at the time when you need them to stay put!
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I've had problems with both denture creams poligrip and fixodent for more than a year. I believe something has changed. Very irritating to pay for a product that doesn't work
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Try SECURE call them and they will send u a free tube
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I'm suspicious. Poligrip took zinc out of its formula due to worries of its health problems for crazy people who use tons more than they need. I tried it and it never lasted a full day. Now I'm finding Fixodent isn't lasting as long either even though it still has zinc in it according to the label. Could it be since the competition doesn't last as long, Fixodent knows it can weaken its formula, make more money because people have to use more and still be slightly better than the competition?

My extractions are not new so that explanation doesn't float. The older I get the more I see corporations are willing to do ANYthing to increase their profits and screw the well being of their customers.
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Hi TJ, I can understand your frustrations. As Karen mentioned above, there haven't been any recent formula changes to Fixodent. Some factors that can affect the hold of a denture adhesive include the fit of your denture, changes in the condition of your gums or bone structure, very hot or very cold food, or any medications you may be taking. If you continue to have questions, would you mind giving us a call at 1-800-214-8871 so we can learn more and talk through your experience? We're open Monday through Friday from 9:00-6:00 Eastern time and would be happy to help.
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I'm hoping my lab relining in March corrects the problem. I'm thinking it just doesn't adhere to the temporary lining my dentist has added.
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I'm hoping my lab re-line in March corrects my problem. I'm thinking it just doesn't adhere to the temporary material my dentist has added. I'll let you know how it works. btw...asked my dentist about this and he said he didn't know. LOL...I think he's one of "those" dentist who don't like to admit a patient's need for adhesive!
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let me tell you about denture glues,,, as a denture maker for 29 years it does not matter what you use as to how you use it, example,,,, any item that is glued togath er must be in contact with each other,, there can be no space or large gaps as the glue will never bond to itself, upper or lower denture must touch the ridges all the way around before glue has a chance to work ,,also the occlusion or the way that the teeth come togather is also important a bad bite can cause the dentures to tip out of place or slide around, chewing can dislodge them... a little glue is all that is needed to much and it can not work very well.. I have seen patients where there denture with out taking them out all for over a week because they fit so snug,, on just a couple of drops of glue,,,,, if denture does not hold all day then there is a reason for this,,,, to much space between denture and gum, poor overall fit, bit is off dentures to big, teeth not set correctly, thank you
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Dan please tell me how I can find a dentist that uses your lab???  I cannot keep my upper dentures in and it's really affecting the quality of my life.  Can't wait to hear from you!!!
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Thank you for this info Dan Prewitt.
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Dear Mr. Prewitt, what does any of that have to do with having a product work very well for a long period of time, and then consistently stop working as well?

I looked online to see if anyone was having the same experience as me, in late 2013. I went from having the product work very well, to often needing to reapply after 6 hours, it is very noticeable and much the same as how Poligrip works when I have tried it. I found this thread to see if more people would report the same thing. We'll see.
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Diane O'Kelley

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Funny because Fixodent works perfectly for me with just the tiniest amount. It could be your mouth. Maybe bad fit or body chemistry.
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dan prewitt

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your question is a good one and you say your denture fits well with the fixadent. if I understand went from great to not so great. I would trouble shoot on everything that I mentioned in the previous reply, and if all variables are the same and all conditions are meet for the adhesive to work then I would look at the only thing left and that would be the fixadent. I would be interested in seeing if others are experiencing the same results as you are, if so then there very well could be an issue with the fixadent. I am sure the fixadent company would want to know what others are experiencing so they could look into this further,,, in my business we always are tracking materials that we use and sometimes we change when the product underperforms my standard. I believe you when you say you feel a difference because the mouth is very sensitive and that is what this site is for , to let others know what is going on so others can benefit..... let me know what you find out....
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I have been having same problem. It used to work great, and in the last couple of months, it barely holds for 6 hrs. Searched to see if it was just me. Perhaps it's poor quality control on the part of Fixadent.
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Cassandra

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I'm sorry to hear that you've been experiencing issues, Madonna. As I mentioned to TJ, some factors that can affect the hold of a denture adhesive include the fit of your denture, changes in the condition of your gums or bone structure, very hot or very cold food, or any medications you may be taking. Would you mind giving us a call at 1-800-214-8871 so we can learn more about your experience? We're open Monday through Friday from 9:00-6:00 ET. Thanks!
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I am taking my fixadent back to the store it don't hald e BBC en to talk.poligrip works better.
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I too, find that Fixodent is not working anymore having used it for more than 5 years once a day.  Now is if after every meal and sometimes more. Seems to dissolve away.  So sad as it used to be a great product.
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one more thing have you ever had a reline??? this would reduce the amount of fixadent or you may not need any at all.............
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Hi, Dan...thank you SO much for your response. It's great to hear from someone who knows dentures! I have not had my lab relinement. I have to wait 8 months for that - which will be in March. I was looking forward to it because I thought maybe the temporary lining material may be interfering with the Fixodent. Now, because of your comment, I'm looking forward to having a better fit which will allow the Fixodent to work.
I will definitely give an update after my lab work in March.
Do I have to wait EXACTLY 8 months or would now be close enough? (Dumb question I know!)
Thanks again!
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dan prewitt

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your ready.... most people can have it done at the 7 month mark some even at 6 months.....
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Well, my dentures went to the lab this week (got them back Friday!). OMGosh...the difference is like night & day!!! But sadly, same problem - Fixodent on my lower isn't holding past one meal, while the upper holds all day & then some. This has been the problem since about week 3 or 4 after getting dentures. Good news is I'm learning to eat without any adhesive on the bottom plate. I've tried everything and to me Fixodent has worked the best so I don't think there's any point in "re-trying" other products. Guess I'm going to have to learn to deal with it?
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When is the best time to get your permanent set? I had my teeth done back in Sept. I know I could get them now but wont my gums continue to shrink for a little while longer? I'm having the same issue as well except mine dont always stay in after the first hour and sometimes it doesnt even work after I put it on and after 10minutes I have to put more on it. Although I'm in desperate need of an adjustment as my gums have shrunk tremendously
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Hi there, Angela. Fixodent is formulated to hold all day and should only be applied once per day. Some factors, like eating extremely hot or cold foods, certain medications and increased saliva can affect the hold of an adhesive. Since your gums have had some time to heal over the past few months, it's probable that getting that adjustment or a reline will help.

The experience and timing for getting permanent dentures varies for everyone, so I'd recommend checking with your dentist when you go in for your adjustment. Your gums have healed quite a bit, but he or she can make the best judgement on your situation.

Please keep us posted on your progress!
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Also could it be the cleaner we soak them in thats causing the problem??
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Marilyn Emery Bilby

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I have used the same cleaner for years and never had a problem with Fixodent prior to this year.
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I have tried all the Fixodent products, zinc, no zinc. None of them work! I have to apply the adhesive 3-4 times a day. I only have uppers and they're fairly new and not my first set. I want to eat sandwiches. I can when I use Poligrip or even Kroger's store brand (zinc-free) but not with the Fixodent products. Very disappointed and has caused some embarrassing moments. Not always consistent coming out of the tube either. Sometimes runny and other times so thick it won't out of the tube. I have a tube that has a hard section in it...almost feels like a piece of plastic. Stopped using it. Fixodent was supposed to send me a return mailer. I want them to see what people are paying for!
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I, too, have noticed the runniness of the adhesive. I have had dentures cleaned and etc. Maybe the answer is in the plastic  or the packaging.  I don't know but it is different this year more so than any other year.
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I used to work on my uppers but never did on my lowers - and it might have been the timing. I finally went with bottom implants.
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Secure is amazing I got 12 + hours and it still holds strong, and no zinc good luck though u won't need it with secure unused my sample once and ordered more the next day!