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Candidiasis, also defined as thrush or oral thrush when it impacts the mouth, is a type of fungal infection caused by Candida, a yeast. Although Candida normally exist in the mouth, they can cause infection if they increase in bacterial acids in your oral cavity. Here are some facts you should recognize about candidiasis.

Risk Factors of Candidiasis. Most people are not at risk of developing candidiasis, so please rest easy if you are worried. Possible risk factors include dry mouth, weak immune systems, conditions that cause weak immune systems and wearing dentures, and newborn babies and the elderly are at the highest risk.

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

Prevention of Candidiasis. To foil candidiasis, please use only antibiotics as prescribed by medical professionals. Take note of your amount of saliva to make sure that your oral cavity is not dry, and if your mouth is dry or if you notice white, cheese-like spots in your oral cavity, then talk to your dentist right away.

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 staff at Frandsen Dental in Orem, Utah, at 801-224-7900 to set up your next appointment with Dr. Colton Rich.