“Laughter is the best medicine, but if you laugh without a reason you need medicine.”

Once again, I received a challenge/request to find a recipe.  This time it was for dental adhesive.  Actually, there are a number of recipes online.  My favorite is the suggestion to use peanut butter in an emergency until you can get to the store.  Peanut butter is guaranteed to work for a couple hours.  Unfortunately, your breath will smell as if you’ve  been kissing elephants.  Nothing’s perfect.

To create a more traditional product you’ll need –


2 tablespoon karaya gum powder

6 tablespoon tragacanth gum powder

Peppermint oil – 30 drops


Simply mix the two gum powders, available online, in a bowl. Then place the powders into a small jar.  With the aid of a medicine dropper add about 30 drops of peppermint oil. Cover the jar and shake it until the mixture is fully blended.  This will take about two minutes.

Spread the mixture evenly across the denture cavity. Place the denture into place and hold for around 30 seconds. This denture adhesive can last for around 12 hours. Bonus!  The peppermint oil will keep your breath fresh for several hours.

A second adhesive you might try is minty bubble gum.


minty white bubble gum

1/4 cup confectioner sugar


Start by unwrapping some white chewing gum pieces.  Place them into a heat-safe glass bowl and microwave for one minute. Mix the melted bubble gum with a wooden spoon.

Spread the confectioner sugar on a sheet of waxed baking paper. Pour the gum mixture over the sugar and mix thoroughly.  Roll the gum mixture into a log and break or cut off small pieces. Each piece must be wrapped separately and kept in an airtight jar. The gum balls have a shelf life of up to a month.

When needed, spread one of the gum balls  into the indents of the denture. Place the denture into your mouth and bite down. This homemade denture adhesive can last for up to five hours.


No, these are not the kind of teeth that need adhesive.  But this is all I could get my hands on without embarrassing myself.  And as Miss Piggy said, “You’ve got to go with what you got!”  She always said it with an exclamation.  I hope you weren’t eating when you read this.

Loveya – The Grandma



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Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.

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