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How to Keep Your Dentures White and Bright

July 15, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — ornelasdental @ 5:49 pm

Person cleaning their dentures in a sinkNothing is more exciting than slipping a new set of dentures into your mouth. Advancements in technologies and materials allow them to look and feel more realistic than ever before. You will have a beautiful smile that you’ll want to show off. However, your new teeth can discolor over time if you aren’t careful. Don’t worry. Here’s how to keep your dentures their brightest.

1. Choose the Right Dental Products

Dentures can’t get cavities, but you must still brush them. It’s best to choose a soft-bristled toothbrush and don’t use toothpaste to clean them. Hard bristles and toothpaste can cause small scratches on your dentures. Not only does this damage them, but food residue and plaque can get trapped in the crevasses, causing your dentures to look discolored. It can also lead to unpleasant odors. 

2. Keep Your Dentures Clean

Plaque and food residue can accumulate on your dentures if they aren’t cleaned regularly. You should brush them after eating and before going to bed. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a mild dishwashing liquid or hand soap to clean them. Don’t forget to clean your gums and tongue as well. 

3. Soak Your Dentures at Night

Besides brushing your dentures, place them in an overnight soaking solution. It will kill any bacteria left behind after brushing. It will also keep your pearly whites safe and moist while you get some shuteye. 

4. Watch What You Eat

Dark foods and drinks can stain your dentures, just like your enamel. No amount of brushing can remove food stains. It’s best to limit your consumption of stain-causing foods and beverages, like coffee, blueberries, or tea. 

5. Don’t Smoke

Smoking can cause tar and nicotine stains on your dentures. Tobacco also affects your dental health, which can increase your risk of infections, inflammation, and oral cancer. You can get the most from your dentures and invest in your wellness by kicking the habit.

6. Visit Your Dentist

Even if you’ve lost all your teeth, you should still visit your dentist every 6 months for a dental checkup. They will monitor your oral health for any changes and reline your dentures regularly to maintain a snug fit. Your dental team will also clean and polish your dentures to maintain a stunning smile.

Dentures can last for many years with the correct care. You can ensure they stay their whitest by giving them the attention they need. Good oral hygiene and a healthy lifestyle will keep your new smile bright and beautiful. 

About Dr. Joe Ornelas

Dr. Ornelas earned his dental degree at the Indiana University School of Dentistry and has regularly continued his training to provide the most up-to-date solutions. He strives to improve each patient’s oral health, quality of life, and well-being through high-quality dentistry. He is affiliated with the American Dental Association, the Indiana Dental Association, and many other professional organizations. Request an appointment through his website or call (219) 243-5485.

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