Oral thrush is a fungal infection wherein the fungus Candida albicans grows unchecked in the lining of your mouth. It can cause creamy white lesions. Typically you’ll find them on your tongue or on the inside of your cheeks. They can be painful, and might bleed if you scrape the white stuff off them or brush your teeth. It can also spread to the roof of your mouth, your gums, and down your throat.
It can happen to anyone but is more common in babies, toddlers, older adults and in people with compromised immune systems, in babies the infection is referred to as baby thrush. Oral thrush is a minor problem for healthy children and adults, but for people with weakened immune systems, oral thrush can be a serious problem.
In Babies, oral thrush may clear spontaneously without treatment and may be prevented by sterilizing all feeding equipment and mouth toys. It's been suggested that by giving the child sterilised water immediately following a milk feed, residual milk in the mouth is rinsed away, reducing the population of candida within the oral cavity.
Thrush can make the mouth so sensitive that it's impossible to perform regular oral hygiene. Use a very soft toothbrush. It can often help to rinse the mouth with a diluted solution of 3 per cent hydrogen peroxide.
This will help you:
- Rinse your mouth regularly.
- Eat fresh-culture yoghurt with lactobacillus, acidophilus or bifidobacterium.
If symptoms persist, visit you doctor.