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If you want a top-notch oral health, then it’s best to keep an eye out for dental issues so you can treat them before they become worse. One oral health issue our Riverside Dental team wants to inform you of today is thrush. Thrush in Jacksonville, Florida, is a dental issue that occurs when the balance between the fungus, bacteria, and microorganisms in your mouth becomes disrupted. When this happens, the fungus grows out of control and alters your oral health.

These are the causes, symptoms, and treatments of thrush:

Causes

The traditional causes for thrush include:

-Medications, like corticosteroids, antibiotics, and birth control pills

-Illnesses or medical situations, like uncontrolled diabetes, HIV infection, cancer, dry mouth, and hormonal changes due to pregnancy

-Stress

Symptoms

The symptom of thrush is usually a white or slightly raised lesion in your mouth. This lesion typically appears on your tongue, inner cheeks, roof of your mouth, tonsils, or back of the throat. These lesions can be painful and they might bleed when you scrape them or brush your teeth.

Treatments
Treatment for thrush usually involves taking prescribed medication to eliminate the issue. Your dentist might also provide dental treatment that is specific to your age and the reason for the thrush. However, sometimes thrush is caused by major health issues, so if that’s the case, you might need to visit a physician.

Call 904.355.5531 today if you would like to learn more about thrush. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Michael Spencer, if you think you might have symptoms of this issue. We look forward to helping you!