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How to Get Nicotine Stains Off of Dentures

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author image Sandra Ketcham
Sandra Ketcham has nearly two decades of experience writing and editing for major websites and magazines. Her work appears in numerous web and print publications, including "The Atlanta Journal-Constitution," "The Tampa Bay Times," Visit Florida, "USA Today," AOL's Gadling and "Kraze Magazine."
How to Get Nicotine Stains Off of Dentures
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Although dentures resemble real teeth and are equally prone to staining, they require special care and cleaning methods. Yellow and brown stains on dentures from smoking are difficult to remove with routine brushing. Light nicotine stains usually respond to home care and soaking, but heavy stains may require a professional cleaning to prevent damage.

Step 1

How to Get Nicotine Stains Off of Dentures
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Place a folded bath or hand towel at the bottom of your sink to prevent your dentures from chipping or breaking if you drop them during the cleaning process.

Step 2

How to Get Nicotine Stains Off of Dentures
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Rinse your dentures in warm, running water. Avoid using very hot water, as this may damage or warp your dentures. Brush them with a soft toothbrush and denture paste to remove food and other debris.

Step 3

How to Get Nicotine Stains Off of Dentures
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Soak your dentures in an effervescent denture solution, which will remove most stains, including nicotine. Check the product packaging to determine how long to keep your dentures in the solution; do not soak them overnight.

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Step 4

How to Get Nicotine Stains Off of Dentures
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Remove your dentures from the denture cleaning solution and brush them again. Use the toothbrush to clean inside every crack, then rinse well.

Step 5

How to Get Nicotine Stains Off of Dentures
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Soak the dentures in baking soda and water if nicotine stains are still present. Mix a couple of teaspoons of baking soda into a bowl of warm water and soak your dentures for 20 minutes or longer.

Step 6

How to Get Nicotine Stains Off of Dentures
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Visit your dentist for a professional cleaning and whitening. Do not attempt to bleach your dentures at home, which may damage or weaken plastic and porcelain dentures.

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