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Candidiasis, also called thrush or oral thrush when it affects the oral cavity, is a type of infection caused by Candida. Although Candida usually exist in the mouth, they can cause infection if they increase and are unproportionate to the bacteria in your mouth. Here are some facts you should know about candidiasis.

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

Signs and Symptoms of Candidiasis. If you have noted spots of a white, lumpy substance on the soft tissue or at the corners of your mouth, you may be dealing with candidiasis. Other signs include weakened taste buds and a strange taste in the mouth. Oral thrush can be painful, but this is unlikely.

Prevention of Candidiasis. To avoid candidiasis, please use only antibiotics as prescribed by medical professionals. Look out for your quantity of saliva to make sure that your oral cavity is not dry, and if your mouth is dry or if you detect white, cheese-like patches in your mouth, then talk to your dentist immediately.

When you have your regular checkup, we inspect your oral cavity for signs of candidiasis. Have you had a dental visit recently? If not, please call the staff at Jason M. Peterson, DDS in Idaho Falls, Idaho, at 208.524.3400 to set up your next checkup with Dr. Jason M. Peterson.