Just because you are wearing dentures does not mean you should treat them any less than if they were your real teeth. Even false teeth will get dirty and develop stains over time. If you enjoy drinking tea, coffee or red wine and are a habitual smoker, then your dentures will stain very quickly.
Dentures are made from porous materials, and they can absorb the colors from these substances as well as the taste and smell. Once your dentures get stained, it is hard to remove the discoloration. Luckily, there are ways to remove tobacco stains from dentures, or any other kind of stains, and you may be able to restore them to their original color.
How to Remove Tobacco Stains from Dentures
As soon as you take them out, rinse your dentures with water and scrub them with a toothbrush to remove plaque and debris.
Next, prepare to soak them in an antibacterial solution for 10-15 minutes. There are many options here, and the most common is to use an effervescent tablet. Make sure you find a denture cleaner without persulfates as your dentures will absorb them and this chemical can be harmful to the “good” bacteria in your mouth.
However, many people have found success by cleaning their dentures using natural products. We have written extensive guides on this topic, including using baking soda to clean your night guard. You can also use castile soap or white vinegar to sterilize and clean your denture. If your dentures have hardened plaque (tartar or calculus) on them in addition to tobacco stains, you can soak it in lemon/lime juice to soften it and scrub off the gunk using a toothbrush.
After soaking, take them out and scrub them again with the toothbrush to remove as much of the tobacco stain and softened tartar from your dentures. Make sure to dry your dentures using a towel or airing it out. Also clean and dry your denture case as well with the same methods. Bacteria thrive in damp environments, so it is important to keep both your dentures and storage case dry.
Over time, all products will degrade or get damaged. However, if you follow the steps outlined above, you may be able to significantly prolong the life of your dentures and remove tobacco stains from them.
To re-cap, here is how to remove tobacco stains from dentures. You must first rinse your dentures with water and scrub them with a soft-bristle brush, then soak it in your choice of antibacterial solution, and lastly dry it and store it in a dry case in a dry environment.