When white patches appear on the tongue or inner cheek, it may be an indication of a “thrush” infection caused by the candida fungus (yeast). While small amounts of the candida fungus are present in the mouths, digestive tracts, and skin of most healthy individuals, they are normally kept in check by other microorganisms and bacteria. However, when illness, stress, or medications disturb this natural balance, the candida fungus can grow uncontrollably, causing thrush. Thrush can affect anyone, but those most vulnerable are babies, toddlers, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems. A decline in immunity due to a cold, a course of antibiotics, or the use of corticosteroids (to treat conditions such as asthma) can also lead to higher vulnerability.
Only your dentist can detect whether you have a thrush infection. At West Brookfield Dental, you will be treated by professionals who have the experience and knowledge you can trust. If you’re looking for a family dentist at this time, please call 508.867.2777. Our “personal touch” philosophy is reflected throughout our practice in many ways. We’re located at 9 West Main St., West Brookfield, where we’re currently accepting new patients.
P.S. While thrush may be effectively treated with antifungal medications prescribed by the dentist, the presence of a candida fungus infection may also be indicative of an underlying medical problem that may require further treatment by a physician.