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When your Sami Y. Nouhad, DDS dentist fitted you for your new set of dentures, it was custom designed to match tightly with your gums. Even with this secure fit, many denture wearers like to add a little bit of denture adhesive to the base of their dentures for an extra-secure fit and to block out stray food particles.

If a few stray food particles do happen to work their way between the base of your dentures and the surface of your gums, it can be more than just annoying. It can actually irritate your gums and make it uncomfortable to chew hard foods.

In a situation like this, you should remove your dentures and give them a thorough rinse to remove the food particles and any residual denture adhesive. Then, you can use a paper towel to dry the partial to give you a smooth, clean surface so you can reapply fresh denture adhesive.

When you’re shopping for denture adhesive, you should always look for the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. This seal represents that it has been researched and tested to meet rigorous oral health guidelines.

If you’ve recently been fitted for a set of dentures in Los Angeles, California, and you have questions about how to clean and maintain them, you can always call Sami Y. Nouhad, DDS at 323-466-3541 to seek further advice from Dr. Sami Y. Nouhad.