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Oral thrush is a medical condition arising from a fungus called Candida. The key symptom consists of small white lesions building up along the insides of the cheeks and surfaces of the tongue. In cases that are more severe, these lesions may multiply and spread to other areas of the oral cavity–even infrequently the lining of the esophagus tube to the stomach, creating pain in swallowing. Other signs of the infection include inflammation, occasional slight bleeding, a failure of the taste buds and a cottony mouth.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please visit your doctor as soon as possible. If you have Candida, he or she will probably prescribe an antifungal medication to eliminate it.

To prevent the contraction of this infection, you first need to know what might cause it. The most important factor is the health of your immune system. Oral thrush is most common in babies and elderly adults because their immune systems are more susceptible. There is also a link to AIDS, HIV, diabetes, vaginal yeast infections, dry mouth, dentures, and certain medications.

Remember good oral hygiene, particularly if you have dentures. Sugar helps candida breed, so please keep an eye on how much of it you eat, especially if you have diabetes. Treat any vaginal yeast infections or dry mouth quickly. If you take any medications, research whether oral thrush may be a side effect. If it is and you must take it, try to rinse your mouth after each dose to wash away any potential bacteria.

Finally, remember to book your six-month appointments with Dr. Andrew Atwood at Double Take Dental. We’re in Orem, Utah and our phone number is 801-225-1002. Let our team help you get your best and healthiest smile today!