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Your dentist, Dr. Tim J. Brooks, and our dedicated dental team want you to know all about the many dental issues in the world today so you can better understand and take care of your oral health. Today, we would like to inform you on a dental issue called thrush.

Thrush in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is an oral infection that is caused by candida fungus. Usually, every healthy person has this fungus present in their mouth, but it’s kept in check by other bacteria and microorganisms in the oral cavity. However, there are times when stress, medications, and illnesses disrupt that balance and make the candida fungus grow out of control.

Here are the causes, symptoms, and treatments of thrush:

Causes

The traditional causes for thrush include:

-Medications, like corticosteroids, antibiotics, and birth control pills

-Illnesses or medical situations, like uncontrolled diabetes, HIV infection, cancer, dry mouth, and hormonal changes due to pregnancy

-Stress

Symptoms

The main symptom of thrush is the appearance of a creamy white lesion on the inside of your mouth. The lesion will appear suddenly and persist for a long period of time. It might be painful and it might bleed when you scrape it or brush your teeth.

Treatments

Treatments for thrush generally involve taking prescribed medication that eliminates the infection. Your dentist might also provide a dental treatment that is specific for your age and for the reason for the thrush. However, sometimes thrush is caused by health issues, and if this is the case for you, you’ll need to visit your physician.

Call 405-752-0600 today if you would like to know more about this dental issue or if you have any questions that need answers. We are here to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to hearing from you!