Facts you need to know about Oral Thrush

Baby with Oral Thrush

Blog Highlights:

  • Candida albicans is a type of yeast that can cause thrush when it flourishes in your mouth
  • Thrush is common in people who wear dentures
  • It is also common in people who have very weak or weakened immune systems
  • They can also attack individuals who have dry mouth syndrome or those who are going through antibiotic therapy
  • Maintaining good oral hygiene is essential for its prevention
  • Its treatment depends upon the cause of the thrush

Also known as moniliasis or candidiasis, thrush is a fungal infection that happens when Candida albicans, a type of yeast, thrives in your body in large numbers. This is very common among people who wear dentures. Thrush also attacks individuals who have weak or weakened immune systems. This includes the very old, the very young, and those who have diseases like leaukemia, diabetes, and other debilitating diseases. People who are suffering from dry mouth syndrome are also susceptible to candidiasis. Thrush can also thrive in the mouth of people who have undergone antibiotic treatment simply because this can also lower the number of good bacteria within the mouth.

In order to control candidiasis, one must focus in prevention as well as in controlling the condition that has triggered the outbreak.

Maintaining oral hygiene is crucial. People who have dentures must clean it thoroughly and they need to remove it during bedtime in order to eliminate Candida. If the cause for your thrush problems is a dry mouth, you can ask your dentist for saliva substitutes. Prescription medications may be necessary for those who have unavoidable or incurable diseases.