You Need to Know About Oral Thrush: Here’s Why  | Jordan Brenner DDS

At Bright 32 Family Dentistry, we prioritize your oral health and aim to provide you with valuable insights to maintain a healthy mouth. One common oral health concern that can arise is oral thrush, a condition caused by an overgrowth of the fungus Candida in the mouth. Here’s what you need to know about oral thrush and how to prevent it, brought to you by Jordan Brenner DDS.

What is Oral Thrush?

Oral thrush occurs when there is an excess buildup of the fungus Candida in the mouth. While bacteria and fungi naturally inhabit the oral cavity, it’s crucial to prevent their overgrowth. Thrush typically manifests as white, thick patches on the tongue or inner cheeks, resembling patchy white sores.

Who is at Risk?

Individuals at a higher risk of developing oral thrush include young children, infants, the elderly, those with weakened immune systems, and individuals with diabetes. Additionally, smokers are more susceptible to oral thrush compared to non-smokers.

Potential Effects of Oral Thrush

Untreated oral thrush can lead to discomfort, trouble swallowing and tasting, and even pain. Affected areas may feel like they’re burning, and slight bleeding can occur during tongue or cheek scraping. In severe cases, oral thrush can spread to the lungs, digestive tract, and heart, particularly in individuals with compromised immune systems.

Prevention Strategies

Maintaining a diligent daily oral hygiene routine is essential for preventing oral thrush. This includes thorough brushing and flossing of teeth, as well as cleaning the tongue with a tongue scraper. Some patients may benefit from using antimicrobial toothpaste or mouthwash, as recommended by our dentist.

Regular Dental Examinations

Regular dental exams are crucial for preventing oral health issues like thrush, especially for diabetic patients. By scheduling routine visits to our office, we can assess your oral health status and provide personalized recommendations to mitigate the risk of oral thrush and other complications.

Your Oral Health Matters

At Bright 32 Family Dentistry, we’re dedicated to helping you maintain a healthy mouth and overall well-being. For more tips on oral health maintenance or to schedule your next visit with Jordan Brenner DDS, please don’t hesitate to contact our office. Your smile is our priority!

Bright 32 Family Dentistry
Phone: 206-533-9693
1359 N 205th Street
Shoreline, WA 98133