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What You Need to Know about Denture Stomatitis

Posted on 12/30/2015 by Bryce Admin
dentures by Keith CooperHave you noticed that the roof of your mouth feels swollen? While it might not be painful, this swelling could make it uncomfortable to wear your dentures, and when you look at it in the mirror it may appear red in color. If these symptoms sound like what is going on in your mouth, you may be dealing with denture stomatitis, otherwise known as denture sore mouth.

Denture Stomatitis Basics

Denture stomatitis is a minor infection that results from denture irritation to the gums. In addition to the redness and swelling, you may experience some discomfort or even small droplets of blood. Additionally, the swelling of your gums could change the way that your dentures fit if you are no longer able to achieve the same level of suction.
Denture stomatitis is caused by a change in bacteria in the mouth. Standard bacteria will form on your dentures, and since the dentures won’t be cleaned by your saliva, these bacteria could grow out of control. Fortunately, if you simply remove your dentures at night in order to soak them, this could prevent the problem before it ever arises.

Treating Denture Stomatitis

If you suspect that you have developed denture stomatitis, the first step in treating it is to start taking better care of your dentures. If improved oral hygiene doesn’t cause the infection to clear up, you may need to consult with your dentist so that a prescription anti-fungal mouthwash can be recommended.
While denture stomatitis is a relatively minor issue, if it isn’t treated properly, it can cause another condition to develop in which the gums swell. Known as epithelial papillary hyperplasia, this condition can also change the shape of the mouth, making it impossible for your dentures to fit correctly, and ultimately, you made need surgery to fix the problem.
Fortunately, good denture hygiene can prevent most of these problems, but if you have questions on how to better care for your dentures or mouth, please contact our office for guidance.

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