Denture problems


  • Avoid toothpicks when wearing dentures.  
  • If your dentures don’t fit perfectly, denture adhesive may be helpful for well-fitting dentures. For ill-fitting dentures, denture adhesive may irritate the gums, and you may need to see your dentist.  
  • Scrub dentures with plain soap and lukewarm water after eating.  
  • Clean, rest, and massage the gums regularly. Rinsing daily with lukewarm salt water will help clean your gums.  
  • For gum problems see gingivitis.


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Last revised: December 6, 2012
by Simon D. Mitin, M.D.

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