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Candidiasis, also called thrush or oral thrush when it affects the oral cavity, is a type of fungal infection caused by Candida. Although Candida regularly exists in the oral cavity, they can cause infection if they increase unproportionate to the bacteria in your oral cavity. Here are some facts you should know about candidiasis.

Risk Factors of Candidiasis. Most people are not at risk of developing candidiasis, so rest easy. Possible risk factors include dry mouth, weak immune systems, conditions that cause weakened immune systems and wearing false teeth, and newborn children and the elderly are at the highest risk.

Signs and Symptoms of Candidiasis. If you have noted spots of a white, lumpy material on the soft tissue or at the corners of your oral cavity, you may have candidiasis. Other signs include lessened taste buds and a bad taste in the mouth. Dental thrush can be painful, but this is uncommon.

Prevention of Candidiasis. To avoid candidiasis, please use only antibiotics as prescribed by professionals. Watch out for your amount of spit to make sure that your mouth is not dry, and if your mouth is dry or if you sense white, cheese-like spots in your mouth, then speak with your dentist right away.

When you have your regular visit, we check your oral cavity for signs of candidiasis. Have you had an oral visit for a while now? If not, please call the team at Bullard Family Dentistry in Bullard, Texas, at 903-710-2309 to pencil in your next visit with Dr. J. Brandon Allen.