Denture Adhesives Side Effects – 5 Common Problems With Denture Adhesives

denture adhesives side effects

Denture adhesives are a good solution for denture wearers to hold dentures in place. However, there are possible issues that can develop. In this article, we will take a look at what denture adhesives are, how they work, what some of the denture adhesives side effects are and other problems you may experience with them, and how to alleviate any issues you may have.

What Are Denture Adhesives?

Denture adhesives are used as denture glue to hold false teeth firmly in place in your mouth. These adhesives are available in three common formats: as a paste, powder, or pad.

When in use, a dental adhesive is applied directly to the full denture plate. Once the denture is put in place in your mouth, the adhesive sits between the plate and your gums.

The adhesive is intended for daily use, so each night before going to bed, when cleaning dentures to soak overnight, it is important to carefully remove the denture adhesive from both the plates and your gums.

The Benefits of Dental Adhesive

There are a few basic advantages to using a denture cream on false teeth. They include:

Prevent Your Dentures From Moving

As your gums change shape over time, your false teeth may not fit as well as they once did. By using a denture adhesive, you can keep those plates firmly positioned in your mouth.

Improved Comfort

As for comfort, you have to consider that a denture is a hard material that is going to spend most of the day sitting on the soft tissue of your mouth. The dental adhesive makes that fit a lot more comfortable for the wearer.

Improves Your Self-Confidence

Since your dentures will be firmly held in place, you don’t have to worry about your dentures moving inside your mouth (or falling out) when you are around others when talking and eating. This will help with your self-confidence, especially when in public, immensely.

5 Common Problems With Denture Adhesives

The biggest issue that can result from the use of denture adhesives is what would be classified as side effects. Here are the top five denture adhesive side effects to be aware of:

Bone Loss

Denture wearers are subject to the natural loss of bone density. This happens over time as your jawbone no longer receives the type of stimulation it once experienced with teeth or dental implants in place.

As the bone deteriorates, there is less of it to support the denture plates. One thing that can speed up bone loss is the habit of wearing dentures that do not fit properly. Some people may be over-reliant on denture adhesives to keep their dentures in place rather than getting new dentures or a denture reline when their dentures don’t fit properly. This is why it is vital for regular denture fixing or repair to ensure a snug, comfortable fit.

Zinc Toxicity

Zinc is a requirement of the human body but only in small amounts. It is used to assist with proper healing and good immune function. However, if zinc enters the body in larger amounts, it can be toxic causing nerve damage and prolonged numbness.

Denture adhesives were loaded with zinc and many manufacturers have created new formulas that are zinc-free and better for denture wearers. Read the labels to ensure you are using a zinc-free denture adhesive product.

Stomach Problems

The complex mixture of chemical compounds used in the ingredients of any denture glue can be dangerous to your digestive system if swallowed. The packaging of these products has warnings listed to this effect.

One way to ensure you do not swallow the adhesive product is to apply only enough that extra glue does not ooze out from the sides of your dentures and into your mouth. Once you find the correct amount to apply, you can minimize the possibility of this from being an issue.

Allergic Reaction

As mentioned above, the formula used in creating any kind of denture adhesive is a mixture of many different chemical compounds. This is true even with the best denture adhesive on the market.

This means that it is possible that there could be an ingredient that may trigger an allergic reaction of some kind. This would make wearing dentures even more difficult if that reaction impacted the gums or mouth. Be sure to read the ingredient list before trying a dental glue product.

Bad Taste

Considering that zinc and other chemicals are used in dental glue, it only makes sense that it is not going to taste very good. For some denture wearers, the taste of the denture cream is enough to make them sick to their stomachs.

With this kind of reaction, it becomes difficult to use a product that ends up so close to the taste buds. However, over time, many denture wearers can get used to the taste or smell of the products that they no longer react to them.

Final Thoughts

Denture adhesives are effective tools in keeping false teeth held securely in place. However, if you find you are using denture glue to keep your dentures from slipping, there may be a bigger problem developing.

Denture adhesive, especially in large amounts, is not normally required if false teeth fit properly. Once they start to slip, it is a sign that your gums have changed shape. While denture glue is a quick fix for this, a better solution would be to see your denturist and have the false teeth either relined or replaced depending on how much the fit has changed.

If you choose to just use denture cream, for the time being, be aware of the possible denture adhesive side effects and issues you may encounter that have been outlined above.

About Jade Roberts

After having a lot of dental issues when she was younger, and years of restorative dental work, Jade knows how difficult it is to find the right dental information. This has made her passionate about sharing her knowledge and experiences so that others don't have to experience the same issues. "If I make any recommendations in the articles on this website, it is because my team and I have researched and/or tested the products ourselves, and would be comfortable recommending them to our own family and friends. I'd love to hear of your experiences. So if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to get in touch."


  1. nadine briggs on June 6, 2022 at 6:14 pm

    I am allergic to Iodine …..Is there Iodine in denture adhesive ?

    • False Teeth Options on June 8, 2022 at 1:53 am

      Hi Nadine, and thanks for your question.
      I am not aware of iodine in denture adhesive. However, you may wish to check out the ingredient list on the packaging, or via the manufacturer’s website.
      Eg. See Fixodent ingredients – click here.

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