The best way to remove stains from your dentures is to use a bleach-based denture cleaning product. These come in both pastes and tablets, allowing you to either brush or soak the dentures. However, if you have a stain on your dentures and you do not have any of these items on hand, you may be looking for a way to lift the stains with items you already have on hand. Here are a few of the ways you can work to remove stains from dentures with items you likely already have in your home.
One of the ways you can remove stubborn stains from dentures is with salt. Mix a bit of salt in with your preferred toothpaste and then brush the dentures as you normally would. The abrasiveness of salt helps to scrub away the stain, while your toothpaste acts as a buffer, to ensure that the dentures aren't scratched in the process. Use this method up to two times a day until the stain lifts. Salt also helps to kill bacteria, which can help to remove scents and germs from your dentures.
Another way that you can work to remove stains on your dentures at home is with lemon juice. Lemon juice is acidic, which helps to eat away at the stain. It also has natural bleaching and whitening products. The easiest way to lift stains from your dentures with lemon juice is to use it as a soaking agent. Squeeze a fresh lemon into one cup of warm water. If you don't have a fresh lemon, lemon juice can be substituted, but fresh lemon works best. Place your dentures in the warm water and allow them to soak for about 30 minutes. Rinse the dentures well. Repeat this process nightly until the stain lifts.
The last way you can remove stains from your dentures is with the use of hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide contains particles that help to break apart stains, lift them and whiten your dentures. However, hydrogen peroxide is also harsh on the dentures, so this method should be used sparingly. Fill a small bowl with hydrogen peroxide. Dip a toothbrush in the mixture and rub it into the teeth on the dentures. Allow the hydrogen peroxide to sit on the teeth for about 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing it off thoroughly.
While you can use bleach and at-home remedies to remove a stain here or there, these methods should not regularly used, as they can weaken the dentures. As such, properly brushing, cleaning and soaking your dentures is important to helping your dentures stay as white as possible. If you are having trouble keeping your dentures white, speak to your dentist. They can tell you what foods and drinks to avoid or give solutions to better care for your dentures to help keep stains away.