The human body is the host for many types of organisms which when in balance are beneficial to health.
Such is the case of the candida fungus which is normally present in small quantities in our mouth, digestive tract and skin. In healthy individuals this fungus is balanced by other bacteria and microorganisms.
This balance can be disrupted in many ways: stress, illnesses, diet and medication can cause the outgrowth of candida which causes oral thrush.
Thrush is an infection produced by the outgrowth of the candida fungus present in the body and it is not restricted to the mouth only, it also occurs in other parts of the body in the form of vaginal infections in women and can also cause diaper rash in children.
Babies, toddlers, older adults or people with weakened immune systems can be affected by thrush more often than perfectly healthy individuals.
How can you know if you have thrush?
Thrush is easily spotted because of its “cottage cheese” appearance, these are white lesions in your mouth which are usually found on your tongue or the inner cheeks, however they can also appear on your gums, tonsils, roof of your mouth and throat.
When you brush or scrape these lesions it may be painful and sometimes it might bleed lightly.
In severe cases it can spread to your esophagus or swallowing tube causing pain during swallowing and might even cause fever. In HIV patients and those with weakened immune systems, it can spread to other parts of the body such as lungs, liver and skin.
How can you prevent candida overgrowth in your mouth?
Candida loves to grow in a body which feeds on sugars and yeast products, so in order to keep them at bay reduce your intake of bread, wine and beer.
If you are diabetic and wear dentures it is very important that you visit the dentist regularly for a check-up.
Quit smoking, this practice is detrimental for your oral and overall health.
Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day.
And most importantly maintain a healthy lifestyle that will allow you to keep your immune system strong.
By: Prisma Dental
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