Denture Stomatitis


  • Erythema of palate with cobblestoning of mucosa
  • Often asymptomatic


  • Complex and multifactorial, but Candida plays a major role
  • Most prominent risk factor is continuous denture wearing
  • Other risk factors include:
    • Xerostomia
    • Diabetes or immunosuppresion
    • Nutritional deficiencies

Denture Stomatitis

Robert Henry, DMD, MPH
Robert Henry, DMD, MPH


  • Treat mouth with topical antifungals for two weeks.
  • Soak dentures in chlorhexidine or nystatin
  • Dentures should be out of the mouth for at least eight hours each night.
  • Caution:¬†Chlorhexidine may stain teeth yellow to brown, alter taste temporarily, increase deposition of calculus (tartar), and the taste may be unpalatable.


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