Everyone has natural yeast or fungus in their mouths called candida. It’s not a contagious thing you can catch from someone else. But if conditions in your mouth are just right, this natural yeast can overgrow and cause irritation.
Denture wearers are especially prone to such infections, since the warm moist environment under a denture is the perfect place for the fungus to thrive.
If you don’t remove and clean your denture on a regular basis, the fungus population can explode and trigger a condition called denture stomatitis. This is inflammation of tissues in the mouth associated with wearing a denture.
Another common term for this yeast infection is thrush.
What should you do if you have thrush and you wear a denture?
Contact Your Dentist
Thrush can be very uncomfortable and can affect the fit of your denture. You may need professional help and prescription meds to get the infection under control. The dentist will give you directions that are specific to your health, oral hygiene condition, and denture type.
Remove and Clean Your Denture
First of all, take out your denture. Your gums need to breathe! The more time you can spend without wearing your denture, the faster the infection can clear up.
Properly disinfect your denture. Scrub it gently but thoroughly with warm water and non-abrasive soap. Soak it in a denture cleaning solution overnight and even after meals. Talk to your dentist about a special solution to use to clear up thrush.
Take an Antifungal
If improved hygiene doesn’t clear the thrush, it may be time for antifungals. Your dentist can prescribe a topical ointment or medication. Apply antibiotic ointment to cracks on the edges of your mouth.
Ask your dentist how you can lower your risk for developing denture stomatitis in the future or clear a current infection up ASAP.
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