What is Oral Thrush?

Looking into your mouth and seeing white lesions can be a scary thing. Most times, this condition referred to as thrush is not dangerous, but does require treatment. Here’s what you need to know about oral thrush.
 
What is Oral Thrush?
 
This condition occurs when fungus accumulates inside the lining of the mouth. It causes white lesions to appear on the tongue or inside the cheeks. They might be painful or bleed when touched. It is only a minor issue if you are a healthy individual. If you experience an issue with a weakened immune system, oral thrush may be more difficult to control.
 
Symptoms
 
Thrush can present itself with numerous symptoms. It is possible to experience just one or many of the symptoms while battling oral thrush. Symptoms of oral thrush can include:
 
White lesions on the inner cheeks, tongue, roof of the mouth, tonsils and gums
Lesions have a cottage-cheese appearance
Pain when lesions are touched
Bleeding when lesions are rubbed
Cottony feeling in the mouth
Loss of taste
 
In severe cases of thrush, these lesions could spread into the esophagus. If this happens, you could start to experience issues with swallowing or feeling like something might be stuck in your throat.
 
Causes of Thrush
 
There are many concerns that can be the cause of thrush. These include:
 
Weakened immune system from HIV, Cancer, Diabetes or other illnesses
Taking antibiotics
Vaginal yeast infections
 
Seeing a Dentist
 
Once you notice lesions on you or a child, it is important to see your dentist. It is especially important to seek medical treatment when there are underlying conditions such as diabetes. Some other serious concerns that would be cause for alarm are if the patient is:
 
An infant
Wears dentures
Undergoing chemotherapy
Experiencing dry mouth symptoms
A smoker
 
When in doubt about anything that looks unusual within your mouth, it is always wise to seek the attention of a dental professional. They are trained and experienced to deal with even the rarest conditions. If you are suffering from oral thrush, they will be able to offer guidance and suggestions on how to rid yourself of the illness quickly.
 
If you have any questions, or would like to schedule an appointment with your Bayside family dentist, please call our office today at 718 279 9700.