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Candida Infection (Oral Thrush)

What is oral thrush?

  • Oral thrush is a yeast infection that appears as white creamy patches or small red dots on the tongue, roof of the mouth, gums or throat.
  • These areas can be painful, and may bleed slightly.

What causes oral thrush?

  • A weakened immune system
  • Diabetes
  • Prolonged antibiotic use
  • Generalized poor health

How can I take care of my mouth if I have oral thrush?

In addition to daily dental care tips for natural teeth or care tips for dentures, you can:

  • You should consult with your dentist or physician if you suspect you may have oral thrush.
  • Oral thrush should be treated with an anti-fungal medication, which can be prescribed by a dentist or physician.
  • A follow up appointment may be required if the infection does not clear up completely.
  • To prevent re-infection, always use a new toothbrush and /or denture toothbrush at the beginning of anti-fungal treatment and discard it once treatment is finished.