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When Dr. Harihar Kumar originally fit you for your complete set of dentures, the removable dental appliance was based on an impression of your underlying gum structure. This custom fit helps your dentures to hold firmly in place through the course of the day.

As the years go by it’s possible for your dentures to feel a little loose in your mouth. This isn’t necessarily a flaw in the dentures. In many of these cases a process known as oral atrophy can occur.

When this happens your body starts to naturally absorb some of the existing bone structure. As this happens you might notice your dentures feel increasingly loose.

The aging process, and a lack of natural dental structure in the area, can cause the underlying bone tissues in your mouth to atrophy. This is even more likely to occur if you lost your teeth to severely untreated periodontal disease.

A significant case of bone atrophy might require oral surgery or other invasive intervention. However, if your dentures have just started to feel a little loose, you might be able to easily remedy the problem by applying an additional bead of denture adhesive.

Along with locking your dentures firmly in place, the denture adhesive can even help to prevent stray food particles from infiltrating the base of the dentures.

When you remove your dentures at night you should rinse away any residual adhesive before brushing and soaking them overnight. This will insure a clean surface to apply denture adhesive to the next morning.

Before using any brand of denture adhesive you should look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This small logo on the package indicates that the product has been researched and tested to meet rigorously guidelines for safety and effectiveness.

If you are in the Toms River, New Jersey area and you have questions denture adhesive, or bone atrophy you can always call 732-244-1163 to speak to one of the dental specialists at Toms River Smiles Dental.