It is very common for denture wearers to develop a condition known as denture stomatitis. Similar to a yeast infection or thrush, denture stomatitis is caused by a fungus called candida. Read on to learn more about denture stomatitis and how it can be treated.
What Causes Denture Stomatitis?
The candida species of fungus binds readily to the acrylic resin material that denture bases are typically made out of. Improperly fitting dentures and poor oral hygiene can contribute to the likelihood of developing denture stomatitis, as fungus and bacteria should be able to be removed with daily thorough cleaning. Other factors that increase a denture wearer's chances of developing denture stomatitis are having diabetes, being male, wearing old dentures, not removing dentures at night, and having a chronically dry mouth. People who take steroids or antibiotics might also be at risk of getting denture stomatitis.
How Do We Diagnose Denture Stomatitis?
Denture stomatitis does not typically cause symptoms other than redness and swelling under where your dentures lie, or soreness at the corners of your mouth. We would find this irritation by removing your dentures during an oral examination. We would then swab your mouth to confirm that candida is present.
Denture Stomatitis Treatment
It is important to treat denture stomatitis to prevent further soreness and irritation from occurring while wearing your dentures. The best way to both treat and prevent denture stomatitis is to follow proper oral hygiene. You should remove your dentures every night and clean them thoroughly with a brush and denture cleaner, not regular toothpaste. Leave your dentures to soak in a denture cleaning solution overnight while you sleep. You should also rinse your mouth after every meal and avoid smoking, as smokers are more likely to develop denture stomatitis and other yeast infections. Finally, if your dentures feel uncomfortable, come see us for a readjustment, as poorly fitting dentures are more likely to cause infections. Contact our office to learn more.