What Foods Stain Your Dentures?
Advice to Keep Your Dentures White
Dentures aren’t made of the same material as your natural teeth, but your dentures can stain from food and drink just as your own teeth do. The denturists with Baker Lanoue Denture Clinic want you to know how different foods affect your dentures and what you can do to avoid stains and keep your dentures pearly white. Here are five different foods that can cause your dentures to stain.
A good rule of thumb to know if a food will stain your dentures is to imagine that it got spilled on a white shirt. Turmeric, which gives curry a beautiful yellow color, can be staining. You’ll also find turmeric in yellow rice mix and in homeopathic remedies. When you’re eating fresh or ground turmeric, know that you need to clean your dentures.
Berries are loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, but the bright colors can turn your teeth a shade of brown. You don’t have to avoid these tasty little bites. Pair cherries, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries with fruits that are milder and won’t stain, such as apples, melon or pears. Make berries part of your diet; just rinse your dentures after eating.
Beets are a healthy vegetable with a strong pigment. They’ve been used to dye clothes naturally for centuries. They’re sure to stain your dentures if you eat a bunch and forget to clean your dentures.
Black Icing, Neon Blue Candies and Red Punch
Artificially colored treats that use a lot of pigment can stain your complete dentures. Watch out for frosting with a lot of food coloring. Black icing can be the worst, but any color could be problematic for your teeth. Avoid Halloween treats that are darkened with food coloring, especially, black, green, blue, and red. Your dentist and denturist will approve.
Coffee, Tea and Red Wine
Dark liquids with a high acidic content can be particularly damaging to your teeth. You don’t have to give up your favourite drinks, but you do need to find ways to mitigate the damage. Choose options such as green tea or white wine. After you drink regular tea or a dark red wine, drink water and rinse off the potential for staining your teeth.
Prevent Denture Stains
There’s no reason to avoid all the foods you love when you wear dentures. You just need to be more conscientious about cleaning your dentures after you eat and be sensible with your food choices. Rinse your dentures after your meals. Before bed, clean your dentures with a soft toothbrush and denture cleaner. Soak your dentures overnight. Talk to your denturist about a professional cleaning for your dentures every six months. You’ll keep those pearly whites bright and beautiful for a confident smile. Make an appointment for denture services with Baker Lanoue Denture Clinic to maintain your teeth for a confident smile.
If you live in Windsor or the surrounding area, please call 519-252-7772 to book your appointment or request a consultation online.