Denture wearers are susceptible to ‘normal’ fungal growth in the mouth – signs

According to the Oral Health Foundation, an overgrowth of the natural fungus Candida can lead to “denture stomatitis.” Even though everyone has some level of candidiasis in their mouth, overgrowth can lead to oral health problems. An inflammatory reaction is more likely if you have acrylic dentures, notes DermNet.

Other factors may include ill-fitting dentures, old dentures, and constant wear of dentures.

“There are some things to watch out for,” UKHealthCentre experts said.

For example, when removing dentures, watch out for the area underneath them, which may be “very red”.

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You may experience some pain when you remove your dentures or when you put them back in.

There may also be red sores that develop at the corners of the lips or on the palate.

White patches can also appear inside the mouth and you may develop bad breath.

Dental stomatitis is a type of oral thrush that, according to the NHS, can lead to:

  • Difficulty eating and drinking
  • Bad taste in the mouth
  • Not the right taste.
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Without treatment, oral thrush can spread to other parts of the body.

Fortunately, the “normal” condition can be “easily cured” with a mouthwash bought at a pharmacy.

The National Health Service recommends “rinsing your mouth after eating or taking medication” to prevent a second bout of oral thrush.

It is also helpful not to wear dentures at night, not to smoke, and to see a dentist if dentures do not fit comfortably in your mouth.

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The National Health Service offers tips on keeping dentures clean to help prevent stomatitis.

Dentures should be cleaned “at least twice a day, every morning and evening” with toothpaste or soap and water.

Dentures should also be soaked overnight in an effervescent solution of denture cleaning tablets to remove stains and bacteria.

When to See a Dentist

Any of the following signs indicate that it’s time to make an appointment with your dentist:

  • Your dentures click when you speak
  • Your dentures tend to slip off or you feel like they no longer fit properly.
  • Your dentures seem uncomfortable
  • Your dentures are clearly worn out
  • You have signs of gum disease or cavities, such as bleeding gums or bad breath.

The NHS adds: “If not replaced, ill-fitting or worn dentures can cause severe discomfort.”

What’s more, ill-fitting dentures can “lead to mouth ulcers, infections, or problems with eating and speaking.”

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