The oral yeast infection called thrush is a fungus. Candida albicans, the medical term, is mostly painless, but if you have this condition there will be a white rash in your mouth and/or throat. I can be described as looking a little like cottage cheese.
Candida, a shortened version of the technical term, is more typical in young babies, seniors who wear dentures, and persons with weakened immune systems. Other factors of this disease are chronic dry mouth, uncontrolled diabetes, hormonal changes due to pregnancy, and the use of medications like antibiotics and corticosteroids.
Symptoms associated with thrush are:
-White patches on the mouth, tongue and inner cheeks
-Corner cracks in the mouth
-Redness and soreness
-Swallowing pain and/or discomfort
After taking a scraping of the white patches in your mouth, your dentist will want to send the culture to a lab. The reason being that white patches in your mouth and/or throat is not always thrush. The diagnosis of candida will come after an intensive examination under the microscope and report from the lab.
Fighting thrush with antifungal medications and oral rinses is commonly done as a method of treatment. Fluconazole is prescribed often by dentists for the sufferer. Make an appointment with your dentist to determine what type of treatment you should try.
After gaining control of the issue, managing a reemergence of the infection in the future is prescient. Promoting good oral hygiene is important. Disinfecting dentures and keeping them clean from harboring yeast is vital.
If you are concerned about thrush, our dentists, Dr. John and Dr. Olson would be happy to answer your questions. Please contact Carson City Pediatric Dentistry at: 775-461-3800, or come by our office in Carson City, Nevada.