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what can i do to get gum off my dentures?

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Dr. Manami Yamaguchi
Dentistry 25 years experience
Adhesive?: By "gum", do you mean that sticky, gooey denture adhesive (glue) you put inside the denture to make it less loose? If you have to put lots of it, you may need a new denture, or at least a procedure called "reline" to fill in the gap with more sturdy material than the denture glue. If the fit is fine but you want to know the best way to remove it, a special denture brush ; spray is the best.
Dr. Richard Reinitz
Prosthodontics 39 years experience
Carefully: You can use vinegar gently wiping the gum off but not with a tooth brush. Try orange solvents as they dissolve organic materials.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

How do I know when I need dentures?

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Dr. SG Erman
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Family Medicine 35 years experience
Easy: When the teeth left in your mouth and not adequate for chewing and eating, if they interfere with other functions of your mouth such as speech, if your teeth or roots are infected, or if you have any other sort of gum disease. Please see the appropriate dental professional for evaluation.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

When do you qualify for dentures?

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Dr. Ryan Stanton
Emergency Medicine 18 years experience
Well...: That's between you and your dentist, considering dentition, disease, loss of teeth, functional needs, and aesthetic desires.
A 47-year-old member asked:

My wife thinks I should see someone for my dentures. Should i?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Dentures: Do you already have dentures that do not fit properly? Or are you in need of dentures due to tooth loss or severe decay? In either case, you should see a dentist who makes dentures to assure proper fit.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to whiten your nails with denture cleansers?

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Dr. James Wright
Dentistry 33 years experience
Not recommended: Denture cleansers are designed to clean dentures while they are out of the mouth and should not be applied to dentures while they are still in the mouth. Your skin is the largest organ in your body... Since the skin which surrounds nails can absorb the toxins in the denture cleanser, another whitening solution which is safer would be recommended.
A 48-year-old member asked:

I need to know how do you get gum off dentures?

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Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 41 years experience
Carefully: Chill the dentures in cold water. Then use a wooden stick -- popsicle, tongue depressor, cuticle pusher-- or something that will not cut or scratch the acrylic, to scrape the gum off. Good luck.

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