Learning that you have been diagnosed with denture stomatitis is nothing to panic about, as the condition can usually be treated successfully and fairly quickly.
Although the same may sound pretty serious, it is generally inflammation of the area beneath the denture, and is caused by oral thrush.
The Symptoms Of Denture Stomatitis
Oral thrush is often known as oral candidiasis, and can be caused by a variety of things.
The mouth may be sore and sensitive, the area could be swollen, and there could be redness. However, it is also quite common that there is no pain or any other symptoms.
The condition is often noticed by a dentist during a routine dental check or when a patient is being examined for new dentures.
What Causes Oral Thrush?
There are many causes of this condition, but the most common ones are;
- Badly Fitting Dentures
- Other Health Condition
- Wearing Dentures For Extended Periods
- Inadequate Oral Hygiene
When false teeth do not fit properly, or are damaged, they can rub against the sensitive mouth tissues and cause irritation. Also, the gaps in badly fitting teeth allow food and other substances to get beneath the denture, which then irritate the skin tissue and cause a buildup in bacteria.
Many health conditions can affect the acid/alkaline balance in the body, and it’s often the case that the illness or the medication can lead to the development of oral thrush. For instance, antibiotics are well known to change the acidity/alkalinity of the body, leading to an overgrowth of yeast/fungus.
How Is Denture Stomatitis Treated?
Your dentist may suggest;
- A medicated mouthwash, specially formulated to treat oral thrush.
- Removing dentures every night.
- Soaking false teeth in a denture bath containing denture cleaner.
- Replacing your dentures or having them relined, if they don’t fit properly.
If the problem is not resolved by these measures, or if the problem is causing serious pain, then medication may be required to get rid of the oral candidiasis infection.
Once treatment has successfully got rid of the infection, keeping up a good oral hygiene regime and following a few simple steps may help the problem from reoccurring.
If the thrush is caused by another long-term health condition, then the outbreaks of oral stomatitis may just have to be kept at bay through regular use of a mouthwash etc.