3 Denture-Staining Foods & Tips To Prevent Stains

Everyone wants a white smile, and it should be easy to attain using dentures, but some foods may stain your dentures. The following guide will expose some of those denture stainers and help you prevent stains when you eat these foods.

There are three types of foods that you need worry about, which are the following:

1. Highly Pigmented Foods

Foods that contain strong pigments are foods that have chromogens, which are natural compounds. The chromogens are so full of pigment that they almost act like a big can of paint that explodes in your mouth. The pigment is so overwhelming that your enamel and saliva fail to contain it, which is why you begin to see stains on your dentures. The following are just some of the foods with chromogens:

  • Blueberries
  • Berries
  • Blackberries
  • Pomegranates

2. Sticky Compounds

Another thing you want to watch out for is foods that contain compounds called tannins. Tannins have the ability to create sticky film on your dentures, which allow stains to cling to your teeth. And, these stains will have an easier time setting because your saliva won't be able to remove them. Some of the foods that contain tannins are the following:

  • Beans
  • Chickpeas
  • Rhubarb
  • Barley
  • Squash
  • Teas

3. Foods That Are Acidic

Another problem that your dentures might encounter are foods that are acidic. Acidic foods make your enamel weaker, which is a perfect time for stain-causing compounds to set into your dentures. Stains that have set in deeper into your dentures are a lot harder to remove than surface stains. The foods you need to watch out for are the following:

  • Citrus foods
  • Lentils
  • Olives
  • Sodas
  • Grains

Try not too eat the aforementioned foods in excess. And when you do eat them, consider the following. 

Prevent Stains When You Eat Denture-Staining Foods

Many denture-staining foods are good for you and may not be that easy to resist. So, when you eat them, follow the steps below to prevent harm:

  1. Rinse your mouth for at least 30 seconds with lukewarm water.
  2. Spit out the water.
  3. Mix a teaspoon of baking soda into a second cup of lukewarm water, and rinse for 30 seconds.
  4. Spit out the water. 
  5. Brush your teeth as you would normally, and that is it. 

The baking soda should help protect your dentures due to its natural pH value, which should help neutralize your mouth, meaning that baking soda should neutralize any acid before it does any damage. And, baking soda is mildly abrasive, which should help lift any stains trying to stick to your dentures. 

Understand that this solution is only to prevent stains, and it does not remove any tough stains. Tough stains need to be taken care of by your dentist.