It is important to note that even a healthy mouth contains bacteria. Oral health complications are generally prevented by maintaining a daily oral hygiene routine. However, it is possible to develop an excess of bacteria and fungi, which can result in additional problems. Here is some information you should know about oral thrush and what you can do to prevent it.
What is it?
There is a buildup of the fungus Candida in your mouth that causes oral thrush. The presence of bacteria and fungi in your mouth is natural, but it is important that they do not accumulate. When you have thrush, you may get thick scrapes on your tongue or inner cheek. Alternatively, it may appear as white spots.
Who does it affect?
The risk of developing oral thrush is higher for young children, infants, and the elderly. It is even more imperative that you keep active if you have a weakened immune system or diabetes in order to prevent mouth infections such as oral thrush. Additionally, smokers are more likely to develop oral thrush than non-smokers.
What are the effects of oral thrush?
Symptoms of oral thrush include difficulty swallowing and tasting. As it develops, it may become painful. If you scrape your tongue or cheeks, you may experience slight bleeding if you have oral thrush. There are some who describe the sensation as having cotton in their mouths.
It is possible for thrush to spread. Thrush may move into your lungs, digestive tract, and even your heart if you have a weakened immune system.
What can I do to prevent it?
To prevent oral thrush, we recommend a diligent oral hygiene routine that includes thorough brushing and flossing of your teeth, as well as brushing your tongue. In some cases, we recommend that patients use a tongue scraper to clean their tongues. In the same way that your teeth require daily brushing, your tongue also requires regular cleaning in order to remain healthy and free of bacteria and germs.
According to the American Dental Association, some patients may benefit from using antimicrobial toothpaste or mouthwash. You should consult your doctor to determine which solution is most appropriate for you.
Regular dental examinations cannot be overstated. It is even more critical that you schedule regular visits to our office if you are diabetic. We can work with you to prevent oral health issues like thrush by having your mouth examined by our team.
Please contact our office if you would like more information about how to keep your mouth healthy or to schedule your next appointment.