Is Bad Denture Fit Causing Sores on Your Mouth?

Jun 18, 2014, by Dr. Becky Coats

Have you developed red sores, white flaky skin, or bleeding and scabby sores at the corners of your mouth? These painful sores can make it uncomfortable for you to talk, smile, and eat, not to mention making you self-conscious in public.

This condition is called angular cheilitis, although it is also known by other names. It is common among denture wearers, and it can be caused by dentures that are not properly proportioned to your mouth and face.

Skin Irritation from Poorly Fitting Dentures

Loose fitting denturesMany people experience sores inside their mouth because of poor denture fit, but poorly designed dentures can also cause sores outside your mouth, too.

Your teeth are part of the foundation of your face. They are the vital support between your upper jaw and your lower jaw, and if they’re too short–or gone–your mouth can overclose, causing the skin around your mouth to fold in improperly.

When the skin folds over here, it can lead to irritation the same way it causes irritation in other places. And it’s even worse at the corner of your mouth because saliva can leak out, and this moisture and digestive enzymes can exacerbate irritation.

Infections Related to Poor Denture Fit

Dentures can also contribute to angular cheilitis because they can foster infections in your mouth. Poorly fitting dentures allow bacteria, fungus, and other microorganisms to get under them, along with food particles to feed them. When these infections thrive, they can spread outside your mouth as well, causing unattractive and uncomfortable sores.

Most of the time, just cleaning your dentures at night is enough to prevent these infections, but with poorly fitting dentures you may find you get more material under them, making it harder to get them cleaned properly.

Get Rid of Painful, Unattractive Sores

Many dentures are not properly designed to restore the natural proportions of your face. Even when wearing them, you may notice that your skin folds over and gets irritated. Or perhaps your dentures cause you discomfort in your mouth, so you don’t wear them often enough, which leads to angular cheilitis.

The Denture Fountain of Youth® is designed to put your face in proper proportion, minimizing the amount of folding that occurs at the corners of your mouth. Their superb fit also makes them comfortable to wear and easier to clean so you are less likely to get these and other denture sores.

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