What Is Thrush?

Thrush is also known as Candidiasis, moniliasis, or denture stomatitis. It is a fungal infection that usually develops in the mouth when too much Candida albicans (yeast) are produced. Here are the causes, symptoms, and prevention methods of thrush.

Causes Of Thrush

There are many reasons that cause thrush or increase the risk of developing it such as:

  • Denture wear
  • A weakened immune system (due to diabetes, cancer, HIV/AIDS, etc.)
  • Age (thrush is more likely to develop in young children or the elderly)
  • Dry mouth
  • Antibiotic treatment (which can reduce the amount of bacteria that keep Candida in check)

Symptoms Of Thrush

Sometimes it can be difficult to tell if you have thrush. Keep an eye out for some of these symptoms:

  • White lesions on the tongue and inner lining of the cheeks. These lesions can also appear on the gums, roof of the mouth, or back of the throat.
  • Redness or soreness that makes eating and swallowing difficult.
  • Some bleeding if the lesions are rubbed against.
  • Cracking or redness in the corners of the mouth.
  • Loss of taste.
  • A cottony feeling in the mouth.

Thrush can often be treated with antifungal medications recommended by your dentists. Those with a weakened immune system due to diabetes or cancer should treat their thrush as soon as possible because it can spread to other parts of the body and cause more serious infections.

Preventing Thrush

The best treatment of thrush is prevention. Here are a few ways to prevent the development of thrush:

  • Keep good oral hygiene practices.
  • Visit the dentist for regular check-ups.
  • Always clean dentures daily.
  • Ask about treatment for dry mouth if you have that problem.