Dental Tips Blog

Sep
12

What Is Thrush?

Posted in Dentures

One thing denture wearers have to be on the lookout for is oral thrush, an uncomfortable fungal infection.

You may be more familiar with the term “thrush” when it comes to babies. Newborns are vulnerable to lots of infections with their newly developing immune systems.

But wearing a denture is another common cause of this fungal infection.

Thrush is most often caused by the yeast called Candida albicans. This yeast is present in everyone’s mouths, but bacterial populations usually keep it from overgrowing.

When conditions are just right, however, this yeast can experience a population explosion. Wearing a denture can create prime conditions for the fungus to thrive.

Candida overgrowth causes uncomfortable symptoms such as:

  • Sores at the corner of the mouth
  • Bad breath
  • Burning sensation
  • Sensitive mouth and throat tissues
  • White or yellow-colored creamy growth over oral tissues

Why Are Dentures at Risk?

Dentures are prone to developing yeast infections because they can trap microbes in the warm, dark, and rather dry space between the acrylic and the gums.

If you don’t keep your denture clean and remove it daily to clean your mouth, you could be at risk for developing a yeast infection like thrush. Your chances of getting thrush are even higher if you have dry mouth, take antibiotics or corticosteroids, suffer from diabetes, or smoke tobacco.

Prevent Thrush with a Denture

Take good care of your denture by soaking it in water or a safe cleaner and scrubbing it every day. Wipe your gums and brush and floss any remaining teeth you have to prevent debris from building up under your denture. Visit your dentist regularly to have your denture examined and maintained.

Posted on behalf of:
Milton Dental Specialists
13075 Hwy 9, Suite 110
Milton, GA 30004
(770) 521-2100

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