Denture Staining Foods To Avoid

Denture Staining Foods To Avoid

You might think that because you have dentures, you don’t have to worry about your teeth being stained — but you still need to be careful. The material that your dentures are made out of can also play a role. Acrylic dentures have tiny pits that are more prone to staining than porcelain dentures. Either way, good oral care habits, denture cleaners and avoiding denture-staining foods are the keys to defending your pearly whites from discoloration. Here are 7 foods to eat carefully.

1. CURRY

The fragrant Indian spice that give Thai food it’s beautiful color can also leave your dentures will little bits of not-so-welcome color. A good way to think about whether something will stain your dentures is to ask yourself if it would stain a white clothing. If you spilled a bowl of hot curry on your lap, it would definitely require some stain remover to be cleaned. You don’t have to give up delicious curry all together, just try to limit your consumption and clean your dentures immediately after.

2. BERRIES

Berries are so important for a balanced diet that we will never tell you to stop eating them, but we can explain that berries are high in chromogens and tannins. Chromogens are intense pigment compounds found naturally in many foods, and tannins are yellow or brown bitter substances present in plants. Tannins are often used in leather making, and last time we checked you don’t want your dentures the color of leather. The best way to combat berry staining is to mix things up. Enjoy highly-staining berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries) occasionally, but be sure to mix in less offending fruits like pineapple, pears and apples.

3. BEETS

While many fruits and vegetables can stain your teeth, beets seem to be particularly good at the job. In fact, because the color of beets is so rich and powerful, it is often used in natural cosmetic products to give products a red tint without having to resort to an artificial color agent. Eat beets sparingly and when you do eat them be sure to give your dentures a good cleaning soon after.

4. BLACK ICING (AND OTHER HIGHLY-DYED SWEET TREATS)

You know how when someone turns 40 at the office and they bring in those black frosted “Over The Hill” cupcakes? Just walk away! Any type of artificially colored dessert can leave your teeth less than white, but the black icing seems to be the worst offender. The effects are immediate and you will be walking around the office with scary black teeth. The same goes for highly artificially-colored treats like cookies and candy. If the color is not found in nature, proceed with caution.

5. BALSAMIC VINEGAR

Balsamic vinegar is a great substitute for other calorie-laden dressings, but it is particularly harsh on your dentures. This is due to the dark shade of the vinegar combined with high acid content. One of the best ways to still enjoy balsamic is to eat it on a salad. Greens like spinach coat your teeth in a film that insulates them from the effects of the balsamic.

6. COFFEE, TEA & WINE

Coffee, teas and wine are hard on your dentures because they have dark shades and high acid content. Red wine is particularly damaging because it has high levels of chromogens and tannins. The best way to navigate them is to use the berry philosophy: indulge in the dark stuff occasionally but try to mix in less-aggressive options like green tea, herbal tea and white wine.

7. TOBACCO

Smokers are twice as likely to lose teeth as non-smokers — which could already be the reason you have dentures in the first place. And while tobacco isn’t technically a food that we eat with a fork and a knife, it’s a substance that can stain your dentures significantly. Nicotine stains generally present themselves as dark black spots. Quitting smoking is the obvious fix for avoiding this type of staining and Bio Med Central reports that recent studies have found that using a nicotine gum will help you quit while fighting stains.

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