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Candidiasis, also referred to as thrush or oral thrush when it affects 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 unproportionately to the bacteria in your oral cavity. Here are a few facts you should recognize about candidiasis.

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

Signs and Symptoms of Candidiasis. If you have noticed patches of a white, lumpy material on the soft tissue or at the corners of your mouth, you might be dealing with candidiasis. Other signs include diminished taste buds and a foul taste in the mouth. Oral thrush can be painful, but this is unlikely.

Prevention of Candidiasis. To prevent candidiasis, please use only antibiotics as prescribed by professionals. Monitor your amount of saliva to make sure that your oral cavity is not dry, and if your oral cavity is dry or if you detect white, cheese-like spots in your mouth, then speak with your dentist right away.

When you have your regular visit, we check your mouth for signs of candidiasis. Have you had an oral visit for a while now? If not, please call the team at John F. Freemon, DMD, PC in Woodstock, Georgia, at 770-928-0871 to schedule your next visit with Dr. John Freemon.