Thrush is a fungal infection that can cause some considerable discomfort in your mouth. People at risk for getting oral thrush include those who:
Thrush is most common among babies and infants and tends to affect those with a weakened immune system.
If you struggle with a condition such as diabetes or HIV infection, then your body is prone to an imbalance in natural bacteria. Couple that with weak immunity, and a fungal infection can take off with little trouble.
What to Look For
Some of the main signs of a thrush infection include:
White bumps or coating. A pale coating on the tongue, gums, cheeks, and throat is a pretty sure sign of a fungal infection.
Pain and dryness. Cracks at the corners of the mouth may make it painful to eat.
Bleeding. If the white patches in your mouth bleed when you bump them (like with a toothbrush), then that’s almost a giveaway for thrush.
In babies, thrush may cause irritability and affect the child’s ability to eat.
Keep in mind that these symptoms may only show up once your case advances. Early stages of thrush can be hard to identify on your own.
How To Avoid A Thrush Infection
Add some probiotics into your diet any time you take an antibiotic. If you use an inhaler that contains corticosteroids, make sure that you rinse your mouth well afterwards. Above all, great oral hygiene is the biggest key to preventing a thrush infection. This involves daily brushing and flossing and removing/cleaning your denture every night.
Find out more about oral fungal infections by scheduling a consultation with your dentist.
Posted on behalf of:
Ambler Dental Care
602 S Bethlehem Pike C-2
Ambler, PA 19002
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