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Oral thrush is a condition of the mouth arising from a fungus called Candida. Small white lesions build up along the insides of the cheeks and surface of the tongue. In more severe cases, these lesions may multiply in other areas of the mouth, even infrequently including the lining of the esophagus down to the stomach, creating pain in the throat and swallowing. Other symptoms may include inflammation, occasional slight bleeding, a failure of taste buds and a cottony mouth.

If you are experiencing these symptoms, please talk to your doctor ASAP. He or she will likely prescribe an antifungal medication to eradicate the Candida.

To prevent oral thrush from taking place, you first need to know its risk factors. A key factor is the health of your immune system. Oral thrush is most frequent in babies and elderly adults because their immune systems have a propensity to be weaker. It’s also linked to AIDS or HIV, diabetes, vaginal yeast infections, dry mouth, dentures, and certain medications.

Remember good oral hygiene, especially if you have dentures. Since sugar helps candida breed, please monitor how much of it you eat, particularly if you have diabetes. Treat any vaginal yeast infections or dry mouth quickly. If you take any medications, research whether a possible side effect is oral thrush. If so, try to rinse your mouth after each dose to wash away any potential bacteria.

Finally, remember to book your six-month appointments with Dr. Philippe Athuil at Philippe Athuil, DDS. We’re in Beverly Hills, California and our phone number is 310-286-2241.