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Candidiasis, also referred to as thrush or oral thrush when it impacts the oral cavity, is a type of infection caused by Candida, a yeast. Although Candida typically exist in the mouth, they can cause infection if they grow unproportionate to the bacteria in your mouth. Here are some facts you should recognize about candidiasis.

Risk Factors of Candidiasis. Most people are not at high risk of developing candidiasis, so please rest easy. Possible risk factors include xerostomia, weak immune systems, conditions that cause weak immune systems and wearing dentures, and newborn children and the elderly are at the highest risk.

Signs and Symptoms of Candidiasis. If you have noted patches of a white, lumpy material on the soft tissue or at the corners of your oral cavity, you may be dealing with candidiasis. Other signs of candidiasis include weakened taste buds and a foul taste in the mouth. Dental thrush can be painful, but this is not common.

Prevention of Candidiasis. To avert candidiasis, please use only antibiotics as prescribed by professionals. Watch out for your amount of saliva to make sure that your mouth is not dry, and if your mouth is dry or if you detect white, cheese-like spots in your mouth, then talk to your dentist immediately.

When you have your regular checkup, we inspect your mouth for signs of candidiasis. Have you had a dental visit recently? If not, please call the team at Dr. Ellie's Gentle Dentistry in San Diego, California, at 619-542-1800 to set up your next checkup with Dr. Elhameh Allamehzadeh.