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How to Keep Your Dentures White (& Other How-To’s)

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How to Clean Your Dentures

The best way to keep your dentures white is to clean them regularly. Regularly cleaning your dentures will help prevent staining and discolouration that leads to yellow dentures. 

To clean your dentures, first remove them from your mouth and rinse away any food particles. Then, gently brush your dentures with a soft toothbrush. Make sure you’re also brushing your tongue and gums once your dentures are removed.

It’s best not to use toothpaste on your dentures (unless otherwise advised by your denturist) as most toothpaste is too abrasive and will scratch your dentures. Instead, you can use a denture cleaning solution. Soaking your dentures regularly in a denture cleaning solution can help prevent and remove staining

How to Whiten Your Dentures

While at-home whitening products may work for natural teeth, many home remedies aren’t recommended for whitening your dentures. Substances like chlorine can tarnish and corrode the metal in your dentures. Other products like bleach can weaken your dentures and whitening toothpaste can cause scratches. 

The best way to whiten your dentures is to visit your denturist for a cleaning and denture-safe whitening. It usually only takes a few minutes and your denturist will use products that won’t damage your dentures. 

denturist showing a smiling patient how to brush dentures

Because there are a variety of different types of dentures, your denturist can recommend the best way to whiten your specific dentures. Usually, it’s recommended that you have your dentures cleaned twice per year, but your denturist can recommend the right schedule for you. 

How to Prevent Denture Staining

Avoid Certain Food & Drinks

Similar to natural teeth, highly pigmented or bright food and drinks can stain your dentures. Some food and drinks to avoid to help prevent staining include:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Tomato juice
  • Red wine
  • Berries
  • Beets

If you can’t resist a cup of coffee in the morning, you can still help prevent staining of your dentures. After consuming highly-pigmented food or drinks, clean your dentures as soon as possible. Rinse your dentures and brush them if you have a toothbrush with you. 

It’s also best to avoid smoking or consuming tobacco products if you wear dentures. Because dentures are more porous than natural teeth, tobacco products can cause yellowing of your dentures much more easily. 

Choose Stain-Resistant Dentures

When choosing your dentures, make sure to ask your denturist about stain-resistant options. Your denturist may be able to recommend a certain denture type or material that offers more stain resistance. 

Personalized Dentogenic Dentures, for example, offer more stain resistance than conventional dentures. They also have the added benefits of impact and wear resistance, in addition to more closely matching your natural smile.

If you have questions about your current dentures or if you’re interested in a new, stain-resistant pair, contact us today. We specialize in dentures, so we can recommend the best denture solution for your needs.

Written by Wade Klimpke

Wade Klimpke is a past President and long-standing member of the College of Alberta Denturists. Wade leads a number of industry working groups which help advance and monitor old, current, and new industry developments. This has allowed him to gain a number of industry relationships with implant dentistry suppliers in Canada and the United States.
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