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I never thought I would need a product like this in my twenties but a few months ago that's exactly what happened. A few months after my wedding last year I had to have my last baby tooth taken out as it was starting to get loose, I had known for years that there wasn't a second tooth underneath it, that's why it had hung on for so long! I had to wait 2 -3 months before I could have a tooth implanted into my gums, the gap wasn't terribly visible. except when I smiled, but I was really conscious of it and felt embarrassed so my dentist made me a denture plate with just one tooth on it. I wasn't very keen on it but it was only for a few weeks and better than a gappy smile.
Having the denture plate meant I would need some sort of adhesive to hold it in place, my Mum recommended Fixodent as she herself has used it after a similar thing happened to her. I picked up a tube of Fixodent from my local Tesco when I next went shopping.
Fixodent is sold in a box and tube just like toothpaste, I have long dispensed with the box but the tube is mainly blue and pink and has the Fixodent logo across the front. The front of the tube also informs the customer that this is the Original Fixodent Complete and will hold and seal your dentures comfortably all day, it also states that is a Fixture Adhesive Cream.
The back of the tube gives instructions for applying the adhesive, these are in words and pictures, there is a diagram of the amount of adhesive you should be using, this is the actual size its not just a picture. The tube has a simple screw top cap although personally I always prefer flip top caps.
The actual adhesive is pink in colour and has a slightly minty smell, it looks just like pink toothpaste really, once applied to dentures there's no minty taste in your mouth though.
To use the Fixodent you need to apply a small amount to your dentures, the adhesive squeezes easily from the tube via a thin nozzle so you get a nice neat line, press firmly in place and that's it. I must admit the first time I used the adhesive I was paranoid they would fall out and ignored the instructions and put more than recommended on my denture, this was a mistake I only made once. The adhesive oozed from under the dentures and between my teeth, I had my teeth stuck to my gums and my lips stuck to my teeth! After that little episode I took notice of the instructions and used it very frugally.
To remove any adhesive you need to just brush with warm water.
I used my Fixodent daily for 3 months and didn't quite finish the tube, in that time I found my denture stayed firmly in place and I had no problems at all eating, of course it wasn't as good as your own teeth but I coped very well for that time, I was confident that the Fixodent would work all day, and it did. As I mentioned I bought mine from my local Tesco where a 47g tube cost £2.00 and considering the amount of time it lasted I was very satisfied.
If you do find yourself needing a product of this type I would certainly recommend giving Fixodent Original a try.