Learning to Manage Your Dental Problems

Learning to Manage Your Dental Problems

How Can You Avoid Staining Your New Dentures?

by Charlotte Beck

New dentures can look just beautiful as real teeth. Like real teeth, dentures require some special care and maintenance to keep them beautiful. The following tips will help you prevent your new dentures from becoming stained.

Avoid Foods and Drinks that Promote Stains

Some foods stain much more than others. As a general rule of thumb, anything that's likely to turn your mouth a different color is also likely to stain your teeth. For example, dark berries like blueberries, black berries and raspberries all can stain your dentures. Red wine can have this effect as well. In addition, anything that contains tannins (including tea, beans and beer) can promote staining by creating a sticky film on your dentures.

Finally, acidic foods or beverages like tomatoes, citrus and coffee can all subtly etch the enamel on your dentures, thus making the surface of your dentures more vulnerable to stains. One of the ways that you can avoid stains on your dentures is to limit these foods and beverages, or avoid them altogether.

Swish with Sparkling Water

If you do choose to eat or drink foods and beverages that will stain your dentures, or if you choose to consume items that contain tannins or acid, then you can still avoid problems by swishing with sparkling water between drinks or bites. This will help you rinse your mouth and prevent staining foods from lingering on your denture enamel.

Rinse Dentures When You're Finished Eating

Take out your dentures after eating or drinking the staining food and rinse them with fresh water from the tap. This will help ensure that your dentures are relatively clean after consuming whatever food or drink product that could potentially leave your dentures stained.

Clean Your Dentures Thoroughly Every Day

Even swishing with sparkling water and rinsing your dentures when you're done eating isn't enough to fully protect your dentures from stains. This is why you must brush your dentures daily and allow them to soak in mild detergent overnight. When brushing, remember to use non-abrasive denture cleaner. When soaking your dentures, use a mild cleaning solution that is specially formulated for use with dentures.

In addition to these activities, you'll also need to see the dentist regularly. Your dentist can help you clean and maintain your dentures. For more information, contact your dentist and request an appointment. Your dentist can answer your questions and tell you the best way to keep your dentures clean. Go to sites about dentures for more information.


About Me

Learning to Manage Your Dental Problems

As a homeschool parent and independent contractor, I don't always have time to practice good dental care. I often find myself in a rush just to meet my daily tasks and goals. My lack of good dental care eventually caught up with me. After experiencing severe pain in my back tooth, I made an appointment with my dentist. My dentist found a large hole in the center of the tooth. Root canal treatment couldn't save the tooth, so my dentist extracted it. I learned a very painful and valuable lesson that day. No matter how hectic my life is, I should still make time to brush and floss my teeth properly. I'm here to help you and other people avoid painful dental problems with my blog. I offer tips on how to keep your teeth clean and how to spot dental problems before they get out of control. Good luck.