Denture Stomatitis

Denture Stomatitis or Denture Sore Mouth is an Inflammatory Condition / disease occurring due to various causative factors in patients wearing complete denture and removable partial denture and who are susceptible to these below mentioned factors. The main microorganism responsible for this disease is a fungus called as CANDIDA.

The various causative factors include –

  • Poor oral hygiene by patients who are wearing a complete denture or a removable, partial denture.
  • Ill-fitting or loosely fitting dentures, coupled with poor Oral Hygiene care.
  • Patients who are taking high doses of steroids and other drugs, which have a direct influence on their body’s immune system.
  • Diabetic patients, whose sugar levels are not under control.
  • Patients who suffer from nutritional deficiencies.
  • Patients having an allergic reaction to the materials used in fabricating the Denture, although this is rare.
  • In self-medicating patients, whose immune system is compromised.
  • In persons who are chronic smokers and drink excessive amounts of alcohol.
  • Burning and itching sensation in the mouth.
  • Burning sensation is often associated with pain.
  • Altered or Metallic taste, especially while eating with dentures.
  • If left untreated, it can lead to fungal infections and potentially serious problems.

If you are experiencing any one or all of the above mentioned symptoms, please visit your nearest dental clinic or doctor. Ensure that you get treatment for the disease via application of an anti-fungal solution or agent (in consultation with your family physician) and get your dentures corrected, if there are problems associated with it.

The best saying is always “Prevention is better than a cure”, so by following and maintaining good oral hygiene practices as instructed by your dentist, having regular follow-up with your dentist and taking care of your general health, this disease can definitely be prevented from occurring.

Last updated on 02 December, 2018.

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