Denture (dental) Adhesive - provided by your hospital or not?


Hello again,

Another question asked by one of the clinical nurse educators. Does your hospital provide denture (dental) adhesive for your patients that wear dentures? Why or why not?

As the librarian, I am looking for articles or literature to support either way. So far I can't find much either way. Our hospital does not currently purchase. Because staff will buy it for them,there are not enough measurable outcomes.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thank-you in advance,


Davey Do

1 Article; 10,290 Posts

Specializes in Psych (25 years), Medical (15 years). Has 44 years experience.

Yes. Seabond.

Gero psych.

Because patients often don't bring necessary stuff to the hospital.


1,381 Posts

No. Probably because we're cheap but I'm told that properly fitting dentures shouldn't need it.

Specializes in SICU, trauma, neuro. Has 16 years experience.

I'm in an ICU so denture adhesive isn't a typical priority...I don't know if the floors stock it or not.

If a pt had ill fitting dentures and couldn't eat without adhesive, and no family to bring some (sorry... I'm not purchasing it myself as you mention) I would see if SLP could find some, since chewing/swallowing difficulties is kind of their thing.

Obviously in a more long-term situation, dental follow-up would be appropriate.

Sour Lemon

5,016 Posts

Has 13 years experience.

It's not stocked in our med/surg or behavioral health. I don't work on any other units. We're happy to modify your diet to that sludge sort of stuff if you're unable to chew ...or the chopped up stuff, even.

MunoRN, RN

8,058 Posts

Specializes in Critical Care. Has 10 years experience.

It's been provided at every facility I've worked at, typically stocked along with toothbrushes and toothpaste.