Here are two big words you may never have heard before: stomatitis and candidiasis. For denture wearers especially, it pays to know what these words mean. Stomatitis is a mild inflammation of the oral membrane; candidiasis is a yeast infection, also known as thrush. In patients with this condition, yeast feeds on dead cells on the lining of the oral membrane.
Denture wearers who develop stomatitis have thrush in about 90 percent of cases. Red or white splotches form on the tissues under a closed-palate upper denture, but may also develop on the tongue. Rarely does thrush develop under a lower denture, though it can. In addition, you may notice inflammation, cracking, and redness at the corners of the mouth.
The most common cause of thrush in adults is improper cleaning and neglectful nighttime removal of an upper denture. However, dry mouth, eating a lot of carbohydrates, taking antibiotics, immune system problems, or diabetes may also be factors.
Take control by practicing good oral hygiene:
The team of professionals at Concerned Dental Care is committed to your dental health. It is important to have new dentures made every few years. Even if you do not have any teeth left it is important for you to visit our office for regular check-ups to make sure that your mouth stays healthy. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call us at 800-583-9285.
By Concerned Dental Care
August 22, 2020