4 facts about oral thrush

Oral thrush, also known as oral candidiasis is caused due to the overgrowth of the fungus candida albicans on the lining of the mouth. Candida is an organism that is commonly present in the mouth, however, if accumulated in one region, it can cause symptoms and reactions. Here are a few things you should know about oral thrush:

  • Anyone can develop oral thrush, however, it is most common among babies, older adults, and immunocompromised patients. Moreover, prolonged use of antibiotics can also cause oral thrush as they disturb the natural balance of microorganisms in the body.
  • Symptoms of oral thrush include:
    • Loss of taste
    • Cracking and redness at the corners of your mouth
    • Redness, burning, or soreness that may be severe enough to cause difficulty eating or swallowing
    • Creamy white lesions on your tongue, inner cheeks, and sometimes on the roof of your mouth, gums, and tonsils
  • Good oral hygiene and anti-antifungal medications can effectively treat oral thrush.
  • Preventive measures to avoid oral thrush include:
    • Visiting your dentist regularly
    • Seeking treatment for dry mouth
    • Seeking treatment for vaginal yeast infection
    • Limiting the consumption of sugar-containing foods
    • Brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing daily
    • Maintaining good blood sugar levels if you have diabetes

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