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A Dentist Shares the Do’s and Don’ts of Whitening Dentures

August 6, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — parkfieldfamilydental @ 4:42 pm

Senior man brushing teethFull and partial dentures are among the most common tooth replacement solutions available today, helping countless individuals restore several missing teeth or even an entire arch. However, dentures are not made from enamel – like natural teeth – so you should take special care when cleaning and whitening your dental prosthetics. To avoid harming your dentures and your mouth, here is a helpful breakdown of the “Do’s and Don’ts” of whitening dentures.

Denture Whitening Methods to Avoid

Let’s start with what you should not try to do to whiten your dentures. Here are a few important whitening methods and chemicals to avoid when wearing false teeth:

  • Whitening toothpaste – The peroxide found in many whitening toothpastes can help whiten natural enamel over time. However, peroxide does not change the color of denture resins.
  • Bleach – Taking your dentures out to clean them with bleach (or any cleaning products that contain bleach) is not recommended, as bleach can discolor and weaken denture material.
  • Chlorine – Using cleaning products that contain chlorine to brighten your dentures can backfire, as chlorine can corrode the metal wires on partial dentures.
  • Lemon juice or baking soda – Natural teeth whitening home remedies you hear about from a friend or encounter on the internet may negatively affect your teeth and dentures.

How to Safely Whiten Your Dentures

Yes, it is still possible to wear dentures AND enjoy a beautiful white smile. Here are a few ways how:

  • Prevention is Key – Prevent stains in the first place by removing and rinsing your dentures after enjoying highly pigmented foods and drinks, such as black coffee, tea, red wine or berries.
  • Regular Home Cleaning – Brushing your dentures daily will help remove food particles and plaque while preventing staining. Be sure to brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush and low abrasive toothpaste.
  • Safe Deep Clean – Non-abrasive denture cleaning solutions remove stains and kill bacteria. Ask your dentist for a recommendation if you do not have a preferred solution. Remove your dentures before cleaning and rinse them thoroughly before placing them back in your mouth to prevent irritating your gums and tongue.
  • Soaking – When sleeping or not using your dentures, place them in a safe denture-soaking solution or warm water to prevent them from drying out.

Why You Should See a Dentist in Austin

One of the most important tips an individual with dentures can follow is to visit a dentist in Austin every six months for a regular checkup and cleaning. During a biannual dental exam, your dentist or prosthodontist will professionally clean and polish your dentures or partials to remove any stains and leave you feeling and looking fresh.

Whether your smile is brand new or the one you have had for years, partnering with a dental professional is the best and most effective way to brighten your teeth. Talk to a dentist near you today to get started on the path to a whiter smile!

About the Author

A native Texan, Dr. Hector Carlos Tijerina is a dedicated and passionate dentist helping patients in Austin achieve and maintain healthy smiles. He offers a wide range of restorative dentistry solutions at Parkfield Family Dental, including crowns and bridges, dentures and partials, and tooth-colored fillings. Patients new and old can contact Dr. Tijerina by visiting the Parkfield Family Dental website or calling (512) 339-7848.

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