Do you have white cuts or a rash on your tongue and/or the walls of your cheeks? Are they raised and do they appear at all like cottage cheese? If so, you might have an ailment known as dental thrush or dental candidiasis. This infection is caused by the yeast fungus candida, and it can impact your oral cavity and other parts of the body: women might suffer from vaginal yeast infection, and infants can suffer from diaper rash. The ailment most regularly affects seniors, newborns and those with weaker immune systems.
Believe it or not, you’re most likely bearing the candida fungus in your body right now. Don’t fret: it’s healthy when kept under control. The bacteria in your body normally work alongside candida, but it can grow out of control when the levels of constructive bacteria in your body lessen too much, which can happen when you’re taking antibiotics combatting diabetes or HIV, suffering from xerostomia or dealing with lots of other problems.
Left untreated, oral thrush can move to the neck and cause problems like fever and difficulty swallowing. If you believe you might have thrush, it’s best to get it under control now. Please contact our office at 859-232-8883 to set up your next checkup with Dr. Dickson Ufomata and the staff at Leestown Dental Center in Lexington, Kentucky. They’ll work with you to help you get any oral illnesses you have under control.