If you want to make your new denture last as long as possible, it’s critical that you take the necessary steps in proper denture care. A denture in Topeka will last anywhere from 5 to 7 years when properly cared for, but replacements might be needed sooner if you don’t like the discoloration that appears on it with long-term use.
That’s why your dentist is offering a few tips to help your denture keep its natural appearance.
How to Remove Stains from Dentures at Home
Whenever your dentures are not in use, such as while you’re asleep, start using a denture cleaning solution to soak them instead of just plain water. These work to remove stains more effectively, according to the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario. If you aren’t sure of which denture cleanser to buy, ask your dentist in Topeka for a recommendation; they’re used to providing options all the time for patients.
Remember, you don’t want to scratch your dentures when you’re simply trying to remove stains. That means you should avoid using any of the following products:
- Teeth whitening products (such as whitening strips)
- Whitening toothpastes as well as toothpaste in general
- Charcoal whitening products
Brushing your gums, palate, and tongue should all still be done with a fluoridated toothpaste, even though the ingredients inside toothpaste are too abrasive for dentures.
How Your Dentist Can Help
Another option for removing stains is visiting your dentist. Getting your dentures polished professionally is an easy and effective method for removing surface stains. It depends on your oral health, but dentists typically ask patients to come in twice a year for professional cleanings. Depending on your at-home oral care and diet, this number may increase, so ask your dentist how often you need to come in to remove surface stains.
Not only are professional cleanings quick, but your dentist can double check that your dentures fit properly. An ill-fitting denture can easily cause callouses to form on the gums and put you at risk for developing mouth sores.
How to Prevent Denture Stains
The most important step to keeping your dentures looking their best is to clean them daily. This is the most effective method to prevent stains from forming. To clean dentures, simply remove them from your mouth, rinse loose food particles off, and gently brush them with a non-abrasive denture cleaner and soft-bristled brush. Companies sell brushes specifically for dentures, so keep this in mind when purchasing one.
You should avoid consuming highly pigmentated foods that easily stain. Dark berries, tomato sauce, red wine, and coffee are a few examples. While some stains can be mitigated by drinking beverages through a straw, it’s worth it to rinse your dentures afterward as well, just in case.
Protect your investment by considering these tips throughout your day. For more advice or questions on caring for your denture in Topeka, schedule an appointment with your dentist today!
About the Author
Dr. Michael E. Michel earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry. To learn the process of receiving custom-crafted full or partial dentures, contact either of his locations through his website.