New dentures give you a smile worth showing off; white and glossy, a real movie star smile. However, now that you have had them for a while as you go out for lunch break, you can’t help but think; does coffee stain dentures? Does smoking stain dentures?
Will drinking coffee and smoking stain my dentures? The short answer is that dentures are designed to stain like normal teeth and appearance can vary over time depending on denture type. Just like regular teeth, if dentures are not cared for, over time, they may also develop white or brownish colours. We explore each of these topics in further detail below and provide some daily tips to avoid any unwanted staining.
Does coffee stain dentures?
Many coffee lovers rely on their ritual caffeine boost to the kick start the beginning of the day. It’s not uncommon to hear a friend say they don’t feel the same without having a dose of their favourite morning brew. It is also a common question we hear at ; does coffee stain dentures? Let’s investigate this question a little deeper…
Over time, you may have noticed a change in your teeth after enjoying your favour cup of coffee. The stains on your dentures make them lose their initial colour. Adding milk to your coffee does not prevent dentures from staining, unless of course the amount of coffee used is reduced.
A published in the Journal of Oral Science found coffee had a highest staining effect, followed by tea and cola, then water for all types of denture teeth. Coffee, teas and cola are hard on your dentures because they have dark shades and high acidic content.
So, does coffee stain dentures? Well, the more you drink coffee and don’t do something to remove it from your dentures, the longer the acidic content has more time to react and adsorb onto the denture surfaces.
Without giving up your favourite cuppa, we provide a few practical tips you can use for lessening the probability of coffee stains on your dentures.
- Drink through a straw – A straw is a useful way you can reduce the contact time between coffee and your dentures. We understand that it is more natural to use a straw for iced coffee, it may be a consideration for you during a hot summer’s day.
- Drink water during your coffee – Right after finishing your coffee and also in between sips, swish some water around in your mouth. This will help rinse off any of the tannins from the denture materials. You can make this a habit after any drink or meal. Plus, drinking plenty of water is a fantastic way to keep hydrated throughout the day.
- Drink coffee fast – By drinking coffee fast, say over five minutes as opposed to slowly drinking it over a couple of hours, will further reduce the exposure time of coffee on your dentures, and reduce risk of your dentures from staining.
Does smoking stain dentures?
Studies continue to show that smoking is not good for your health, but how does smoking stain dentures? Smoking can change the colour of the denture, due to the nicotine and tar in the tobacco. In a study published in the Journal of Marmara University Dental Faculty they discovered that cigarette smoke had the highest staining effect over other agents (such as coffee). Luckily, repolishing and denture repairs can reduce unwanted superficial staining.
Tips for the care and cleaning of your dentures
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If you do not like how your dentures look, contact the team at Denture Health Care today to see how we can return your dentures to looking their best.