12 Mar All About Oral Thrush
Oral thrush occurs when the fungus known as Candida albicans accumulates on the lining of your tongue. Also known as oral candidiasis by dental and medical professionals, the most common sign of thrush is creamy white lesions that form on the tongue and other areas inside your mouth.
Thrush is caused when your immune system fails to repel Candida albicans from increasing, resulting in accumulation of the fungus. A weakened immune system caused by an autoimmune disorder, illness, medication, infection, or uncontrolled diabetes is often the catalyst for the development of oral thrush.
The most common symptoms associated with thrush include:
- Slightly raised, creamy, white lesions on the tongue or other areas inside the mouth such as inner cheeks, gums, roof of the mouth, and tonsils.
- Minor bleeding if lesions are scraped or rubbed.
- Redness, burning or swelling inside the mouth.
- Difficulty eating or swallowing.
- Cracks or redness in the corners of the mouth.
- Loss of taste.
Here are a few more important facts you should know about oral thrush:
- Oral thrush rarely occurs in healthy children and adults and is often a sign of a more serious underlying health condition.
- Infants can pass oral thrush to the mother during breastfeeding.
- Following good oral hygiene practices including brushing twice a day and flossing daily, as well as visiting your dentist regularly for checkups can reduce your chance of developing oral thrush.
- Thrush is more likely to develop when a vaginal yeast infection is present, but treating the yeast infection as soon as possible can reduce the risk.
- People with dentures are prone to developing oral thrush. Denture wearers can prevent this by removing their dentures at night and cleaning them daily with proper technique.
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