Denture stomatitis is caused by a yeast or fungus called candida. It is not an infection that we get or pass on to others, because we all have some candida in our mouths. Thrush can appear in other parts of the body, but when it affects the mouth it may be called ‘denture stomatitis'.
Denture wearers are most likely to be affected, along with people who have problems keeping their mouth clean. Diabetics and anyone who takes steroids, either through inhalers or by mouth, may also have problems. Some antibiotics are responsible for causing thrush. Many people find that taking certain antibiotics encourages the infection to come back, especially if taken over a long period of time.
When the denture is taken out, your dental team may be able to see a very red area under the denture. There may also be red sore areas at the corner of the lips.
If untreated, the condition can cause soreness in the mouth and may lead to poorly fitting denture in the future.
The dental team may want to check your mouth after treatment to make sure that everything has cleared up. If it hasn't, they may recommend extra treatment. In some cases you may need to treat your mouth for a long time.
It is important to have new dentures made every few years. Even if you do not have any teeth left it is important for you to go to your dental team for regular check-ups to make sure that your mouth stays healthy.