What is Oral Thrush?

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What is oral thrush, exactly? This is a condition in which your mouth acquires a fungus called Candida. As a result, small white lesions begin to collect along the inside of your cheeks and tongue. In more severe cases these lesions can multiply in other areas of the mouth, even spreading down the lining of the esophagus to the stomach and creating pain in the throat and swallowing. You may also have inflammation, slight bleeding, a loss of taste or a cottony feeling in the mouth.

If you see these white spots, please talk to your doctor as soon as possible. He or she will likely prescribe an antifungal medication to eliminate the Candida.

To prevent oral thrush from occurring, you first have to know how it starts. Basically, it’s all about the health of your immune system. Oral thrush is most common in babies and elderly adults because their immune systems tend to be weaker. It is also associated with people who have AIDS or HIV, diabetes, vaginal yeast infections, dry mouth, dentures, or who take specific medications.

As always, brush twice a day and floss once. If you have dentures, follow a strict cleaning regimen. Sugar helps candida breed, so monitor your sugar intake, particularly if you have diabetes. Treat yeast infections and dry mouth quickly. If you take any medication, talk to your doctor about whether you are at risk for oral thrush. If you are, rinse your mouth after each dose to wash away any potential bacteria.

Finally, remember to book your six-month appointments with Dr. Prince Arrington III at Beach Tree Dental Care. We’re in Boca Raton, Florida and our phone number is 561-440-4633. We’re here to help with anything you need.