Denture Stomatitis Follow-up

Updated: Sep 02, 2015
  • Author: James J Sciubba, DMD, PhD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
  • Print


Denture sanitization is an important element in the treatment of denture stomatitis and should be emphasized to the patients. The 6-month incidence of denture stomatitis can be significantly reduced by educating nursing home caregivers about oral heath care.

The incidence of denture stomatitis and the duration of denture wear are highly correlated. Dentists can help prevent this condition by instructing patients to take their dentures out of their mouth for 6-8 hours each day.

Mechanical plaque control and appropriate denture-wearing habits are the most important measures in preventing and treating the disease.



IPEH has never been reported to undergo malignant transformation.



In most patients, the elimination of mechanical and traumatic factors, the consistent use of oral hygiene measures, and the administration of local antimycotic therapy usually enables the inflammatory lesions to heal rapidly.

Recurrences are common when exacerbating factors are reintroduced.


Patient Education

The need for an educational component in a preventive oral health care program in geriatric institutions is unmet. [28] Dental professionals who work with geriatric patients should address this need by implementing a preventive oral health care program. Such programs should include not only patient examinations and preventive care but also education for allied health care professionals and members of the patient's family.

Patients should be taught how to properly wear and sanitize their dentures and about how to perform good oral hygiene (see Deterrence/Prevention).