Denture Talk: How To Whiten And Prevent Stains On Your Dentures

Denture Talk

When you are fitted with a good set of dentures, whether complete or partial, it can be cause for celebration. You’ve gotten back your white, bright smile! So it’s all the more disheartening if, over time, your dentures become stained, yellowed and dull. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to prevent discolored dentures and whiten them to get back your glossy grin.

Here at Castle Rock Dental, we don’t just consider having a good fit a denture success story. We want you to enjoy your dentures as long as possible, so you can save money on a replacement and feel your best. Here are a few tips from our dentists.

Regular Cleaning Helps Prevent Stains On Your Dentures

Dentures don’t just look like natural teeth, they share some similar characteristics. If you don’t regularly clean your dentures, plaque builds up on them just as it does on unbrushed teeth. When plaque is left to flourish it forms tartar, making your dentures more susceptible to absorbing stains from highly pigmented food and beverages as well as from smoking.

With this in mind, make sure you clean your dentures every day. Start by taking your dentures out and giving them a good rinse to remove any loose food particles. Next, brush your dentures with a non-abrasive cleaner and a denture brush or a soft toothbrush. Another way to clean your dentures is to soak them overnight in a denture cleaning solution, then rinse and brush them in the morning. Our dentists can give you recommendations when it comes to products for effective denture care.

Going Au Naturel Can Help Keep Your Dentures Clean

Some people have good success using natural solutions for denture cleaning. For instance, you can make a solution that’s half white distilled vinegar and half warm water. Soak your dentures for at least 30 minutes or, ideally, overnight. Vinegar is a natural disinfectant and the acid it contains can help dissolve built-up tartar.

Avoiding Deeply Pigmented Items Prevents Denture Stains

Deeply pigmented drinks like coffee, tea, and wine can stain your dentures, as can berries and even tomato sauce. It’s recommended that you avoid these. If refraining from these things feels like cruel and unusual punishment, you can take the following measures.

Use A Straw

Drink your favorite caffeinated beverage or wine through a straw. You may look eccentric but it will prevent your dentures from becoming stained. Besides, as Eleanor Roosevelt once famously said, “You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.”

Do A Quick Cleanup

If you eat or drink something that can stain your dentures, try to brush them afterward or at least give them a quick rinse. If nothing else, swish some water around in your mouth in order to remove the natural tannins found in things like coffee, tea, berries and pomegranates, which can stain your teeth.

Be Wary Of Over-The-Counter Tooth-Whitening Products

Avoid trying to whiten your teeth with over-the-counter products like tooth-whitening toothpaste or tooth-whitening strips. These generally contain chemicals like peroxide or chlorine that can brighten tooth enamel but don’t whiten denture resins. Any harsh or abrasive products can weaken and damage your dentures.

Your best bet is to get your dentures polished at our office, where the professional attention can help them stay pearly white. Most dentists recommend you have your dentures professionally cleaned twice a year, just as you would real teeth.

If you’re considering getting custom-fitted dentures, or have questions about how to care for them, contact us to make your appointment with Castle Rock Dental.

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