Dentures Question: After getting dentures, I noticed my gums and mouth have gotten lighter. It’s kind of yellowish or very light pink. I went to the dentist and he basically did not believe me. I wanted to take my dentures out to show him, but he looked inside and said he doesn’t think I am pale or anything. But, my mouth has changed color, I know it! Could this be due to dentures? Do dentures or lack of teeth cause less blood to be sent to my mouth? Thank you, Dr. B!
— Donna from Yorktown, Indiana
Answer: Hi Donna,
I think your observations make a lot of sense! I see this often. When you get dentures, the tissue will blanche and lighten in color — only the areas supported by the denture, that is. Sometimes, there is a yellowish cast, as you mention.
There’s nothing you can do about this lightening, and it’s normal, but the yellowish cast, I believe, is a reaction to food getting caught underneath the denture. I would recommend cleaning your denture as often as possible and perhaps washing it morning and night and never leaving food underneath the denture if that ever happens.
Blog Notes: About Mark Burhenne DDS
The mouth doesn’t exist in a vacuum. It is intimately connected to the health of the rest of the body.
In fact, the bacteria and entire environment inside the mouth are connected to the rest of your body so intimately that the state of your oral health can predict whether you’ll have heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes.
In my 30 years of practice as a dentist, I’ve seen a lot of misinformation and people who have fallen through the cracks due to our healthcare system’s failure to understand the oral-body connection.
I created this blog to empower people to understand how your mouth is a window into the health of the rest of your body.
It is my sincere hope that the knowledge and tools on this blog will lead to greater health and well-being for you and those you love.
Throughout this website you’ll find high-quality articles and free resources for getting and staying healthy. It’s the info I use to keep myself and my family healthy, and how I treat my patients.
More About Mark Burhenne DDS
I graduated from the University of British Columbia with a B.S. in Biochemistry and B.A. in History of Art and had the privilege of attending the University of the Pacific Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, consistently ranked among the best in the US.
I am an active member of several continuing education groups and study clubs in prosthetics and periodontology that perform actual clinical work on patients. I have worked as an expert witness in legal dental cases. I’ve also volunteered as a dental surgeon in Jos, Nigeria.
I raised three daughters without cavities (all without ingestion of fluoride). I enjoy downhill skiing, alpine touring, mountain biking, photography, and listening to jazz and classical records (you know, those flat analog 12-inch vinyl discs).
I am passionate about restoring teeth to their original function and beauty – and as someone who studied art history and is a hobbyist photographer, the intersection of art and the opportunity to help people makes dentistry my dream profession.
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