When wearing flexible dentures, the fit is almost so seamless that the dentures quickly feel like they are your natural teeth. Like your natural teeth, flexible dentures are susceptible to developing stains if they are not properly cared for. Poor maintenance can end up stripping the polish that protects your flexible dentures. Once the polish goes, your dentures will easily soak up stains from the foods and beverages you consume. In order to get the staining removed, you may need to get the dentures replaced entirely. This process can be expensive. Fortunately, there are a few tips that you can use to keep your flexible dentures from developing stains.

Avoid Using a Hard-Bristled Toothbrush

Hard-bristled toothbrushes can be too aggressive on normal teeth, and, as a result, they can also have bad consequences when used on dentures. Hard-bristled toothbrushes are usually only recommended for removing extreme plaque and bacteria buildup from the tooth surface. When used as a regular cleaning method, a hard-bristled brush will scratch the surface of your dentures. When you consume dark beverages or other everyday foods, the coloring will seep into the scratches and permanently stain the dentures. The scratches can be repaired by your dentist, but the stains will usually remain. In order to avoid this, use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean your dentures. In addition, you can use a denture brush that is specifically designed to clean denture surfaces. This will help to prevent any damage while maintaining clean dentures.

Get Your Dentures Polished Regularly

Every time people go to the dentist for their regular dental checkup, the dentist will clean their teeth and finish it off with a polish. The polish adds luster back to natural teeth, but also acts as a protective barrier. A similar method is used with dentures. When your flexible dentures are first constructed, they will be polished in order to protect the surface of the dentures from staining and scratches. Once the polish is stripped off,  your flexible dentures are more vulnerable to developing imperfections. You can avoid this by getting your dentures polished regularly. This will help to reinforce any weak spots of the existing polish and will protect your teeth from future stains.

Dealing with early issues with denture staining can ruin the overall look of your new smile. Therefore, use these tips to help protect your flexible dentures from developing premature stains. Click here to learn more about cosmetic dentistry.