Denture wearers who develop stomatitis, or mild inflammation of the oral membrane, have thrush in about 90% of cases. It’s normal to have small amounts of candida in your mouth. But when there’s an imbalance, the candida can grow out of control, resulting in a fungal infection.
Stomatitis caused by candida is also commonly referred to as thrush. Here’s how to prevent oral thrush from affecting you if you wear dentures.

Dentures

Causes of oral thrush

Improper cleaning, neglect and falling to remove the denture overnight are the most common cause of oral thrush.

Additionally taking antibiotics, eating a diet high in carbohydrates, dry mouth and immune system issues may also be factors.

Irritation of the tissue and bacterial invasion can lead to stomatitis and thrush in individuals that wear dentures.

Treatment of denture stomatitis

Symptoms of oral thrush

Oral thrush always causes symptoms, but they can vary in severity and duration.
Those symptoms are:

Diagnosis and treatment

An exam is often necessary to diagnose thrush effectively. In cases where a visual exam is not sufficient, a swab culture is required to diagnose.

It’s critical to proceed with treatment as soon as possible to contain the infection. You dentist will likely recommend medication and use of antimicrobial mouth wash rinse. The denture itself also must be thoroughly cleaned and removed overnight. Each morning the denture should be properly rinsed before use.

Cleaning dentures

Know when to see your dentist

At home remedies may help to relieve the symptoms, but they won’t cure yeast infections on their own.

If left untreated a simple infection can become much dangerous, especially in elderly patients with weak immune system

If you have any signs or symptoms of oral thrush, or if your dentures are not fitting correctly, be sure to ask Dr. Shurova at your next appointment. Call to schedule today!

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