Thrush 101

Posted June 21, 2016

Thrush is an infection of the mouth that is caused by candida fungus, which is also known as yeast. This bacteria is usually kept in check by other bacteria and microorganisms, but with certain medications, stress, and illnesses, that balance can be destroyed and thrush can develop.

To tell you a little bit more about this dental issue, your dentist, Dr. John Vellequette, and our Smile Center Silicon Valley team has provided you with the following information about thrush in Sunnyvale, California:

The causes of thrush are generally medications, like corticosteroids, birth control pills, and antibiotics; or illnesses, like uncontrolled diabetes, HIV infection, dry mouth, cancer, and hormonal changes.

The main symptom of thrush is a creamy white and slightly raised lesion in your mouth. It typically grows on your tongue, inner cheeks, root of your mouth, gums, tonsils, and back of your throat. The lesion usually appears suddenly and it sticks around for a long period of time.

Treatment for thrush usually involves taking prescribed medication to eliminate the issue. Your dentist might also provide dental treatment that is specific to your age and the reason for the thrush. However, sometimes thrush is caused by major health issues, so if that’s the case, you might need to visit a physician.

To prevent this issue, please have good oral hygiene, see your dentist regularly, quit smoking, and limit the amount of yeast-containing foods you eat. For more information and details, please call our office at 408-245-7500 and talk to a member of our team. We are happy to give you the information you need to have the best oral health possible!

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