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Have you ever heard of oral thrush? This is a condition wherein the fungus called candida forms along the lining of your mouth and tongue, creating spotted white lesions. These lesions may also spread to the roof of your mouth, gums or tonsils, or even the back of your throat.

In addition to the lesions, you may experience redness, burning or soreness that may interfere with your ability to eat, slight bleeding if the lesions are scratched, a loss of taste, or a cottony feeling in your mouth.

The severity of this condition depends upon the health of your immune system. For this reason, oral thrush is most common in babies and elderly adults. It can also affect mothers who are nursing babies with candida or those with HIV or AIDS, diabetes, dentures, dry mouth or yeast infections or those taking certain medications. If your immune system is severely weakened, the lesions may spread down the lining of your throat to your stomach, causing difficulty swallowing and pain in the throat.

If you see white lesions in your mouth, please contact your family doctor immediately. Your doctor will likely prescribe an antifungal medication.

To prevent oral thrush from happening in the first place, there are several things you can do. If you take special medications, rinse your mouth after doing so. Take good care of your teeth as well. If you have dentures, make sure to clean them often. Limit your sugar intake, as sugar helps candida grow – especially if you have diabetes. Treat yeast infections and dry mouth quickly.

The final thing you can do to prevent oral thrush is to schedule regular appointments to see Dr. Shahdad Arami at Northridge Dental Group. We are located in Northridge, California and our phone number is 818-886-6100. We’re happy to help and treat you!