Mouth thrush symptoms

If you have unexplained pain in your mouth or throat or experience a sudden difficulty swallowing, you may be suffering from mouth thrush symptoms. Of course, you can’t have mouth thrush symptoms without having mouth thrush. Mouth thrush is a disorder that occurs when you have too much of a certain type of yeast in your system, especially the region of your mouth or throat.

What is mouth thrush?
Every person’s body has some amount of yeast present because it is necessary for your digestion. Generally, your ever present bacterium usually keeps this yeast in reasonable amounts and you have no problem. Sometimes, through poor nutrition, medication side effects, lifestyle, disease or stress, your bacteria isn’t up to the job and lets the levels of Candida fungus (a type of yeast) run rampant. This results in a rash or infection sometimes in your mouth that is referred to as mouth thrush or oral thrush.

What causes mouth thrush symptoms?
The most common cause of mouth thrush is the use of antibiotics. Antibiotics can upset your balance of bacteria to yeast which can result in mouth thrush symptoms. Another common cause is poor diet. People who eat a diet heavy in sugar and refined flour may find they have mouth thrush symptoms more often than those who eat a plant and whole grain based diet.

In addition to these sources, mouth thrush symptoms can be caused by smoking, diabetes, HIV, cancer, pregnancy and even dentures that just don’t fit right. If you have recurring episodes of mouth thrush symptoms, your primary care physician can help you narrow down any lifestyle or medicinal issues that may be causing the disorder.

What are mouth thrush symptoms?

Mouth thrush symptoms are both visually detected and physically detected. These symptoms can occur concurrently or separately, so do not think you must have both visual and physical symptoms in order to be suffering from mouth thrush.

Visual mouth thrush symptoms: If you find raised, white lesions on your tongue, mouth, throat or gums then you may be looking at mouth thrush. These lesions often resemble cottage cheese and can look creamy.

Physical mouth thrush symptoms: Pain is the most often experienced of the physical mouth thrush symptoms. The pain can be in the location of the mouth thrush itself or may affect the overall region that the mouth thrush as in—like when you have pain swallowing due to the presence of mouth thrush in the throat. You may also have some bleeding and difficulty swallowing. In addition, you may also experience a fever if your mouth thrush or Candida infection is allowed to progress without interruption.

If you think you have mouth thrush symptoms, then it is important that you visit your dentist or primary care physician as soon as possible. They can help you isolate the cause of the infection and come up with a treatment plan. Often, all it takes is improved oral hygiene habits for the mouth thrush symptoms to disappear and never come back. For more aggressive cases, you may be required to stop eating sugar, switch medications or stop smoking. You may also need to limit your use of breath spray and mouth wash since these items can kill of bacteria that you need to fight the Candida.

The best defense to mouth thrush symptoms is a good offense. Even if you have never experienced it before, it is a good idea to do those things that will keep you from ever having to. That includes regular dental checkups, consistent brushing and flossing and the scraping of your tongue on a regular basis. Remember, the use of harsh chemicals that can kill too many bacteria is not recommended.

Last updated on Jan 23rd, 2011 and filed under Dental Health. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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