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Types of Denture Adhesives

What Is Denture Adhesive?

If properly fitted, your dentures shouldn’t need extra support to stay in place.i However, many denture wearers choose to use an adhesive – sometimes known as “denture glue.” It’s worth taking the time to investigate the denture adhesive that may work best for you.

Denture adhesives are powders, creams or strips that sit between your dentures and your gums and help to keep your dentures firmly secured in place.i, ii

The extra security provided by an adhesive can give you the confidence you need all day long. Using a denture adhesive helps provide extra strength and confidence when singing, speaking in public, or even sneezing or coughing. Adhesives can also help prevent food particles from slipping underneath and getting caught between the denture and your gums.ii

What Types of Denture Adhesives Are Available?

Adhesives for dentures come in a variety of forms.i, ii There are powders such as Extra Strength Super Poligrip Denture Adhesive Powder and strips such as Super Poligrip Comfort Seal Strips. Learn more about how to apply denture adhesive.

Offering strong, all-day hold, Super Poligrip denture adhesive creams seal out 74% of food particles* and come in a convenient tube with an ooze control tip that helps you use the right amount of adhesive. Our creams come in several different formulas to help seal out food particles.

Super Poligrip provides extra comfort from the pressure and rubbing that dentures can potentially cause. Its hydro-active formula forms a gel layer that starts working immediately and provides a cushioning layer. Always use as directed.

*versus no adhesive after one hour on a lower full denture

How to use

Apply the Super Poligrip Original Adhesive cream in short strips to the undersurface of your denture. Press and hold in place, then bite down firmly to secure the hold. Refer to packaging for directions of use.

Benefits of denture adhesive creams

  • Strong, all-day hold
  • Helps prevent gum irritation
  • Zinc-free formula

A great alternative to creams, Extra Strength Super Poligrip Denture Adhesive Powder helps hold dentures tightly for up to 12 hours to help you eat, speak, and smile with confidence. The convenient zinc-free powder makes it easy to sprinkle on just the right amount of adhesive to keep things clean.

How to use

Apply a light layer of powder evenly onto the denture’s undersurface. After shaking off the excess powder, press and hold into place, then bite down to secure the hold.

Benefits of denture adhesive powders

  • Strong, all-day hold
  • Convenient powder form
  • Zinc-free formula

A convenient and easy to apply way to hold your dentures in place, Super Poligrip Comfort Seal  adhesive strips offer easy application, for a secure fit that gives you comfort and security all day long while helping to keep out irritating food particles. Strips are pre-cut, with just the right amount of adhesive to prevent oozing.

How to use

Peel strip open and moisten in water. Place on the undersurface of your denture and press, then bite down to secure the hold. Refer to packaging for directions of use.

Benefits of denture adhesive strips

  • All-day hold
  • Easy to apply and remove
  • Mess free

Pros and Cons of Different Types of Denture Adhesives

The denture adhesive that’s right for you will be the one you feel most comfortable using and lets you enjoy life without worrying about your dentures. The best advice is to try different denture adhesives to see which works best for you.

  • Adhesive cream –Adhesive creams like Super Poligrip Cushion and Comfort offer a strong, all day hold and can provide comfort from the pressure and rubbing that dentures can cause.

  • Adhesive powders –Adhesive powders are just as strong as creams, but make it easier to sprinkle on just the right amount of powder.

  • Adhesive strips –Adhesive strips offer strong, all day hold but are easy to apply and mess-free.

What’s the Best Denture Adhesive for Me?

We’ve provided a short guide below to help you decide which denture adhesive might suit you best.

If you have sensitive gums…

A denture adhesive cream such as Super Poligrip Cushion & Comfort offers extra comfort. It has a hydro-active formula that provides a protective gel layer, which creates a cushioning layer that lasts all day long.

If you have an active lifestyle…

The efficiency and convenience of Super Poligrip Comfort Seal Strips are ideal for busy people, who might prefer the firmer hold offered by a cream or a powder such as Extra Strength Super Poligrip Denture Adhesive Powder.

If you speak or sing in public…

All Poligrip products give people who speak or sing in public extra confidence that their denture is held in place.

If you enjoy eating out…

The entire Poligrip range has been found to help block out the infiltration of food particles. Try an unflavored dental adhesive, such as Super Poligrip Free or Super Poligrip Comfort Seal Strips

If you’re zinc intolerant…

While other creams, powders and strips may contain zinc, the entire Poligrip range is zinc-free.

Whichever adhesive you choose, removing your denture adhesive shouldn't be a messy process. Follow these four steps to easily remove denture adhesive. Remember to properly clean your dentures with Polident to help ensure they last longer.


  1. Denture Adhesives. US Food & Drug Administration. Accessed 09/12/2019.
  2. Denture Care and Maintenance. American Dental Association. Accessed 24/02/20.