Have you ever heard of oral thrush? It is an unpleasant oral condition where you develop white lesions along the sides of your tongue and inside of your cheeks, though these lesions can spread to other areas of your smile. We have provided a review of the basics of oral thrush and how it affects your smile so that you can be prepared to treat the condition.
Oral thrush may involve inflammation that makes eating uncomfortable, and you may notice that the lesions bleed slightly if irritated or cause you to lose your sense of taste or a feel as though there is cotton in your mouth. Severe cases may result in the lesions spreading down your throat into the stomach and resulting throat pain and difficulty swallowing.
To prevent the development of oral thrush, you must understand the risk factors and what makes you vulnerable. The source of oral thrush is a fungus called candida, but how you contract oral thrush and its severity depend on the state of your immune system. Those most at risk are babies and the elderly, who tend to have weaker immune systems. Having diabetes, yeast infections, dentures, AIDS, or HIV, or taking certain medications, can also increase your risk.
If you have prescription medications that increase your risk of oral thrush, rinse your mouth after taking them to flush out any bacteria. You should also brush and floss every day and clean your dentures often if you have them. Reduce your intake of sugar, as it can encourage the growth of candida, and be sure to seek treatment for yeast infections and dry mouth. You can also speak with your doctor to receive an antifungal medication to treat candida.
Visit Sunridge Dental Care regularly for dental checkups or if you are concerned you have oral thrush in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Give our dentist, Dr. Peter Roukema, a call at 505-836-0322 today.