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Frequently Asked Questions about Fixodent

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Posted: Jun 10, 2021

Common Questions

Can adhesives improve my denture fit?

Yes. There are a number of published clinical studies showing that denture adhesives actually improve the performance of properly fitting dentures. Using denture adhesives might help reduce irritation and sore spots caused by denture rub. Denture adhesive is not a substitute for poorly fitting dentures. See your dentist or prosthodontist regularly to ensure properly fitting dentures, as poorly fitting dentures may impair health. It is important to use Fixodent as directed. There is no gain in hold from using more adhesive than directed. There is no additional hold benefit by applying more adhesive than directed. Excessive and prolonged zinc intake is reported to be associated with serious health problems. Consult a doctor is using other products containing zinc.

How does Fixodent adhesive cream work?

When you use Fixodent adhesive cream, the natural moisture in your mouth changes the soft cream into an elastic-like membrane that helps hold your dentures tight, so you can bite harder and eat more naturally.

How does Fixodent adhesive powder work?

Fixodent adhesive powder provides a firm, comfortable hold for dentures by forming a thin, powerful seal on the denture. Fixodent adhesive powder increases biting force, might help to reduce tissue irritation, and reduces social embarrassment from loose dentures.

How long will my tube of Fixodent denture adhesive cream last?

The directions on the product packaging will guide you as to how long a tube of Fixodent should last. Write the date of package opening on the carton label under the "important" statement or a calendar. The longevity will vary depending on the size of the tube of Fixodent you are using. For example a 2.4 oz tube of Fixodent should last at least 7 to 8 weeks, while a 1.4 oz tube should last at least 4 to 5 weeks. This product should not be used more than once a day.

How long does the hold last?

The hold depends on the person, but Fixodent is formulated to last all day.

What is the shelf life of Fixodent denture adhesives?

Average shelf life is three years when stored at room temperature.

Is there a small purse or travel-size Fixodent available?

Fixodent Plus Gum Care to go is available in convenient travel-size tubes at many local retailers.

What to do if the Fixodent tube is clogged / does not come out of the tube? (tube hardening)

Generally, hardening occurs in your Fixodent tube due to moisture coming in contact with the cream. Any moisture around the cap area or inside the tube could cause the product to harden over time, making it difficult to squeeze. To help prevent this, store Fixodent in a cool, dry place and keep the nozzle and cap dry. To further prevent moisture from getting into the cap or tube, don’t run the tube under the faucet to clean the cap or leave it on the countertop with the cap off. We suggest always applying the Fixodent cream to clean, dry dentures.

Do all dentures need adhesive?

If your dentures are well fitted, they should stay securely in place by themselves and you can wear them comfortably without denture adhesive. However denture adhesive can improve the retention and stability of your dentures, making you feel more confident and secure while wearing them. Not only that, but Fixodent denture adhesive also has other benefits. Our Breath Bacteria Shield Technology helps protect against bad breath bacterial growth and also our food seal to keep food particles out of the area between your denture and gums. By using Fixodent, you don't just get a secure fit but you can also help protect the gums and keep your breath fresh.

Which Fixodent product is the strongest?

Our strongest product is Fixodent Ultra Max Hold.

Where can I buy Fixodent?

You can see all our Fixodent products here. You can find the product you are looking for here, see more information and where to buy from the product’s page.

How can I buy Fixodent products on the website?

You can buy our Fixodent products here.

How to join the Fixodent Club?

Just sign up to the Fixodent Club here.

How to dispose Fixodent packaging? Is it recyclable?

The carton for your denture adhesive is RECYCLABLE and can be placed in curbside bins or other recycling collection streams. The tube should be disposed of in the regular trash.

How to properly store Fixodent denture adhesive?

Store your Fixodent in a cool, dry place and keep the nozzle and cap dry to avoid clogging. It's important to prevent moisture from getting in the cap area or inside the tube, so try to avoid placing the product on the countertop with the cap off. We suggest you always apply the Fixodent cream to clean, dry dentures.

Application & Removal

How much Fixodent adhesive cream should I use?

To Apply Adhesive

  • Clean & Dry Dentures

  • Apply Adhesive in thin strips as shown on carton

  • Insert Dentures and hold briefly in place

  • DO NOT use more product than shown in diagram (for full dentures, not more than 6 strips or about 3 inches in total length.) For Fixodent Plus Gum Care, please refer to the application instructions and diagram on the carton. If product oozes off denture in your mouth you are using too much.

  • DO NOT use product more than once a day.

  • DO NOT use excess product for poorly fitting dentures. There is no additional hold benefit by applying more adhesive than directed.

  • Consult your dentist regularly to ensure you have properly fitting dentures. Poorly fitting dentures may impair your health.

WARNING: It is important to use Fixodent as directed. Contains zinc. Excessive and prolonged zinc intake is reported to be associated with serious health problems. Consult a doctor if using other products containing zinc.

How do I remove my dentures?

As the Fixodent denture adhesive absorbs excess water, the hold will loosen. Several techniques may help you break the seal between the adhesive and the gum tissue:

  • For dentures of any type, swish your mouth with warm water or a mouthwash such as Crest® Pro-Health™. For the lower denture, pull gently while applying a rocking motion. For the upper denture, removal may be more difficult due to more surface area. Place your thumb against the front teeth and press upward and outward toward your nose. If you do not have success with these techniques and are uncomfortable leaving your dentures in overnight, you can seek assistance in a hospital emergency room or a 24-hour dental service.

CAUTION: To avoid injury, do not use any object except your fingers (not your fingernails) to pry the dentures loose.

How do I remove adhesive residue?

To remove adhesive residue from your dentures, use a denture cleanser such as Fixodent Antibacterial Denture Cleanser with Scope Ingredients. To remove adhesive residue from your mouth, gums, tongue, and palate, brush the roof of your mouth and gums with a soft-bristled toothbrush, toothpaste such as Crest, and comfortably hot water.

What to do if Fixodent doesn’t work, and dentures keep falling out

If you find you can’t get your dentures to stay in place, even with denture adhesive, talk to your dentist as your denture may need to be adjusted, so they fit properly.

Can Fixodent clog the sink?

No, with proper use, Fixodent won’t clog the sink.

How often should I reapply Fixodent?

You only need to apply Fixodent once a day when you put your dentures in.

How long should my dentures stay in per day?

Make sure you remove and clean your dentures in the evening before going to bed.

Can I use Fixodent on crowns?

Denture adhesive is designed and tested for use on full and partial dentures. Please use this product only as directed.

Ingredients & Safety

Does Fixodent contain zinc?

Yes. Zinc is used in Fixodent denture adhesives to help provide denture hold. Fixodent denture adhesive cream helps the denture stay in place securely so you can eat, chew, and talk more confidently.

Our scientific research shows that the amount of zinc an average user absorbs from Fixodent is approximately 2 mg.

It is important to use Fixodent as directed. Excessive and prolonged zinc intake is reported to be associated with serious health problems. Consult a doctor if using other products containing zinc.

Click here for more information on how to use Fixodent.

Click here for more information on zinc from the Office of Dietary Supplements.

How much zinc do I get from Fixodent?

Our scientific research shows that the amount of zinc an average user absorbs from Fixodent is approximately 2 mg.

What is the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for zinc?

The recommended daily allowance for zinc is 11 mg per day and 8 mg per day for men and women, respectively.

Is the amount of zinc that one gets from Fixodent safe?

Yes. Our scientific research shows that the amount of zinc an average user absorbs from Fixodent is approximately 2 mg.

It is important to use Fixodent as directed. Excessive and prolonged zinc intake is reported to be associated with serious health problems. Consult a doctor if using other products containing zinc.

What is denture adhesive made of?

If you want to know more about how our denture adhesives work and what ingredients we use, see more here.

What happens if you use too much Fixodent?

If you use more than the recommended amount of Fixodent denture adhesive, the product will ooze, and you may find it doesn’t hold effectively.

Can Fixodent cause an allergic reaction?

People can get allergic to anything from peanuts to shellfish, so it’s possible that the ingredients in denture adhesive may not agree with you. If you notice any adverse reactions to Fixodent products, stop using them immediately and contact your healthcare provider.

Is it harmful to swallow denture adhesive?

No. Fixodent is slowly dissolved by the saliva and some of the product may be swallowed. Studies have found the adhesives in Fixodent pass through the digestive system undigested and are eliminated without any detectable consequences.

Is there a dye-free (color-free) Fixodent denture adhesive available?

Yes, Fixodent Pure Strength is made without artificial colorants.

Are the dyes used in Fixodent denture adhesives safe?

All of the ingredients used in our products are tested and safe. If you’re sensitive to dye or prefer to use a dye-free adhesive, consider Fixodent Pure, which is free of artificial dyes.

Is Fixodent gluten-free?

Although we don’t directly add any gluten-containing ingredients to Fixodent denture adhesive, it's possible this product could contain trace amounts of gluten. If you have questions or concerns about gluten, we recommend you contact your healthcare provider before using any adhesive product.

For more information, please contact us at 800-214-8871. Or send a message to our Fixodent team at www.dentureliving.com/en-us/contact-us.

Discover further FAQs

Still have questions about living with dentures? Have a look at some more FAQs covering a range of specific topics from how to use Fixodent, denture costs, and sizing to speaking with confidence, sleeping, and eating with dentures, and more. You’ll be sure to find the answers to most of your queries right here.