Denture Stomatitis

I see patients on a daily basis who are unaware of the importance of taking their dentures out at night. I can tell straightaway which patients leave their dentures in all the time. Tissues are red, swollen, and angry. I try to get them to imagine walking around 24/7 with their shoes and socks on, going to the gym, stuffing some food in their shoes while walking around a little longer, a day, a week, a month……. One can only imagine how that would feel and smell!!! One’s mouth is no different. But the serious implications of this is still very much unknown to my clients – Denture Stomatitis, Candidiasis aka thrush, cancer all associated with lack of oral hygiene and oral care.