Thrush

Overview

Thrush, or oral candidiasis, is a fungal infection that may appear as red, white, or creamy colored areas over the soft tissue. These patches of infection are frequently very painful because of the severe inflammation; inflammation involves: pain, heat redness, swelling and loss of function.

What Causes Thrush?

  • Patients taking antibiotics for other medical issues can cause the natural oral flora to become imbalanced, allowing fungal organisms to overgrow
  • Neglecting to remove and thoroughly clean dentures or partials daily
  • A compromised immune system
  • Debilitation by disease among elderly patients

Treatment usually consists of controlling causes by:

  • Reducing or changing the antibiotic causing the outbreak
  • Thoroughly removing and cleaning dentures and partials every day and keeping them out while you sleep, allowing the underlying tissue to recover
  • Using an anti-fungal when the underlying cause cannot be eliminated
  • Simply eating yogurt has shown to eliminate minor cases of Thrush