5 Tips to Keep Your Denture White and Bright

September 4, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — familydental @ 3:08 pm
Denture with brush against white background

Your dentures should be an aesthetically pleasing complement for your smile; their size, shape, and color should flatter your natural features. Unfortunately, though, prosthetic teeth can incur stains over time. They may end up looking dull, yellowish, or even brown. How can you keep your denture white and bright? Here are some practical tips:

Know What Not to Do

In order to prevent or get rid of denture stains, some people have resorted to inadvisable whitening methods. For example, they may use a whitening toothpaste, which can be very abrasive; it may scratch your artificial teeth, and it will not remove stains. In fact, pigments could collect in the tiny scratches and actually make your denture look worse.

Another thing to avoid is the use of bleach and other household cleaners. You should only use products that are widely acknowledged as safe for use on dental prostheses.

Pay Attention to Your Diet

A major culprit behind denture stains is the consumption of pigmented foods and beverages, such as red meat, berries, and coffee. By making reasonable and balanced dietary choices, you could slow down the development of discoloration on your dentures. (Bonus tip — sip on dark beverages through a straw so they have minimal contact with your teeth.)

Do Not Use Tobacco Products

Cigarettes and chewing tobacco can quickly stain both your natural teeth and your prosthetic ones. Smoke from cigarettes can seep into the pores in your dentures, causing them to turn yellow. Chewing tobacco may cause them to take on a brownish hue. It is best to avoid the use of such products altogether.

Keep Your Denture Clean

A thorough oral hygiene routine can do much to reduce denture discoloration. Here are some tips to keep your smile fresh and bright:

  • Brush your denture daily with a soft brush and mild, clear soap.
  • Rinse your denture after each meal.
  • Soak your denture overnight in a cleansing solution. Some denture-cleaning products advertise their ability to reduce stains; they can be effective at removing slight discoloration.
  • Regularly clean your gums, tongue, and the inside of your cheeks.
  • Drink plenty of water.

Stay in Touch with Your Dentist

Your dentist can provide personalized guidance on how to keep your denture and your mouth as clean and attractive as possible. They can also professionally clean and polish your denture. This service is often able to remove mild stains — it could make your smile look brand-new!

You deserve to enjoy a radiant, confident smile. Use the tips in this blog post to keep your denture looking its best.

Meet the Practice

Family Dental Practice of Bloomfield features a highly skilled and deeply compassionate team of oral health experts. We are happy to provide both dentures and denture maintenance services. If you have questions about how to care for your prosthetic teeth, we would be happy to speak with you. Reach out to our office at 860-263-0441.