Utilization of denture adhesives and the factors associated with its use: a cross-sectional survey

BMC Oral Health. 2020 Jul 8;20(1):194. doi: 10.1186/s12903-020-01177-5.


Background: An increase in the number of elderly edentulous patients likely leads to a greater demand for dentures and denture adhesives. As denture adhesives have both positive and negative features, dentists need to know the types of denture adhesive users to be able to provide instruction to denture wearers on how to use denture adhesives effectively. This study aims to examine the utilization of denture adhesives and associated factors.

Methods: Seven closed-ended questionnaires were developed for a web-based survey. After that, Fisher's exact tests were performed to determine the difference in the denture adhesive usage rate by gender, type of denture, last dental visit, and smoking status. A multivariate-adjusted logistic regression analysis was performed with denture adhesive use or non-use as the dependent variable and the other items as independent variables. Next, Fisher's exact tests and a multivariate-adjusted logistic regression analysis were performed with the type of denture adhesives as the dependent variable in the same way. Statistical analyses were performed for all denture wearers, complete denture wearers, and partial denture wearers. The level of statistical significance was set at p = 0.05.

Results: A total of 1470 denture wearers in Japan participated in this study. Of these, 318 used denture adhesives, while 212 (66.7%) used cream; 74 (23.3%) used home liner; 25 (7.9%) used powder; four (1.3%) used sheets; and three (0.9%) used several types. The Fisher's exact tests revealed that the ratios of using denture adhesives were significantly higher for complete denture wearers (p < 0.001), last dental visit over 1 year (p = 0.005), and smokers (p = 0.005). For partial denture wearers, the ratio was significantly higher in smokers (p = 0.262). The multivariate adjusted logistic regression revealed that denture adhesive use or non-use were significantly associated with the type of denture and smoking status in all denture wearers, and just smoking status in partial denture wearers. There were no significant results about the type of denture adhesive selection.

Conclusions: From all denture wearers, complete denture wearers and smokers are more likely to use denture adhesives. In addition, smokers significantly use denture adhesives if they are partial denture wearers.

Keywords: Complete denture; Denture adhesives; Edentulous; Elderly; Last dental visit; Partial denture; Smoking.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adhesives / therapeutic use*
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Dental Cements*
  • Denture Retention / statistics & numerical data*
  • Denture, Complete*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Japan
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Oral Health
  • Quality of Life
  • Surveys and Questionnaires


  • Adhesives
  • Dental Cements