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Learn More About Denture Adherents

Look for the ADA Seal—your assurance that the product has been objectively evaluated for safety and efficacy by an independent body of scientific experts, the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs.

What are denture adherents?

Denture adherents (also called denture adhesives) are creams, powders, wafers or strips that are used as a temporary measure to hold dentures firmly in place. The adherent is applied to clean dentures that are then positioned in the mouth and held in place for a few moments. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for applying the adherent.

Why would a denture wearer use this product?

A film of saliva helps hold dentures in place. If the saliva glands produce inadequate saliva, your dentist may recommend using a denture adherent temporarily to help stabilize the dentures. The denture adherent holds dentures in place while you chew or speak. Denture adherents also help form a seal that keeps food particles from sticking between the dentures and gums. If you use a denture adherent, remove it from the denture with gentle scrubbing to prevent contamination. Also see cleaning your dentures.

Will I need to wear a denture adherent?

Before you buy a denture product, talk to your dentist. Denture adherents are not the solution for old or ill-fitting dentures. A denture that fits poorly and causes constant irritation over a long period, may contribute to the development of mouth sores. Such dentures may need to be relined or replaced. If your dentures begin to feel loose, or cause pronounced discomfort, make an appointment with your dentist.

How does a denture adherent get the ADA Seal?

A company earns the ADA Seal by producing scientific evidence that demonstrates the safety and efficacy of its product. The ADA Council on Scientific Affairs carefully evaluates the evidence according to the requirements for Denture Adherents (PDF). To earn the ADA Seal, the company must show by appropriate laboratory and clinical studies that:

  • Use of the product increases biting force.
  • Use of the product increases denture retention.
  • The adherent does not damage the denture.

Why look for denture adherent brands that display the ADA Seal?

The ADA Seal is your assurance that the denture adherent has been evaluated by an independent body of scientific experts, the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs, for safety and efficacy according to objective requirements. Look for the ADA Seal statement in a box on the product label. It tells you why the ADA has given the Seal to this product. You can also be assured that all claims on packaging and container labeling have been reviewed and approved by the ADA. Products with the prestigious ADA Seal must say what they do and do what they say.

What products have earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance?

Get a Complete List of ADA Accepted Denture Adherents