Morning breath is one thing, but oral thrush (also known as oral candidiasis) can be an embarrassing thing for anyone to experience. But this white film is alerting you to an underlying problem that you want to fix ASAP.
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What is Oral Thrush?
Oral thrush is a white film that can develop in your mouth, especially on the tongue. This infection comes from a type of fungus: candida fungus, to be exact (hence the name oral candidiasis). Candida fungus is a naturally-occurring yeast. Now, typically this yeast is kept under control by other bacteria in the body, but certain changes to your routine or health can cause it to grow out of control (Mayo Clinic).
Causes of oral thrush can include:
- not brushing your teeth
- dry mouth
- certain medications, including antibiotics
- a weakened immune system
Oral thrush in pregnancy is also common due to increased hormonal changes.
While oral thrush can happen to anyone, it’s seen more in babies and older adults since they generally have more susceptible immune systems.
Oral Thrush Symptoms
This fungal infection leads to white film or lesions in the mouth. While it usually starts in the tongue or cheeks, it can easily spread to the gums, the roof of the mouth, or even the back of the throat
You might also experience cracked corners of the mouth, redness or burning in the mouth, a decrease of taste, or painful swallowing, depending on how far the fungus has spread.
Oral Thrush Treatment
White film on the tongue or in the mouth means it is time to take action.
- Make sure you’re brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once.
- Use a toothbrush to brush your tongue.
- Clean your dentures every day and follow best practices for wearing them.
- Talk to your doctor about addressing any dry mouth concerns.
- While you’re dealing with oral thrush, limit sugary, yeast-filled food and drink. (This would include wine, beer, and even bread).
- Contact your dentist. We can take a closer look at the issue and provide individualized treatments, such as antifungal medications.
Is Oral Thrush Contagious?
No, oral thrush is not contagious. That’s good news for you (and whoever is close to you!) At the end of the day, this temporary condition happens — it’s nothing to be ashamed of. Simply make a plan to take care of the issue.
We’re Not Afraid of Fungus
No matter what type of dental concern you may have, the professionals at Dakota Dental can help ease your fears. Our Apple Valley dentist’s office is here to provide a judgment-free space, so you can address oral problems without worry.
Whether you stick to regular six-month cleanings, or it’s been a while since you saw your dentist, schedule an appointment. We’ll take a look at your mouth, give it a thorough clean, and offer up our guidance so your smile can shine on!
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