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Oral Thrush

What is Oral Thrush ?

It is an infection caused by fungus on the tongue and lining of the mouth. It presents with white plaques in the mouth affecting the upper part of the mouth, gums, tonsils, or upper throat. Anyone can have oral thrush, but it is more common in children and older adults, or people taking certain medications.

What is Oral Thrush


Oral thrush is caused by an overgrowth of the Candida fungus in the mouth, typically due to weakened immunity or prolonged antibiotic use. Good oral hygiene and addressing risk factors are essential for prevention.

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Oral Thrush Prevention
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Following these measures can reduce the risk of oral thrush:

  • Brush at least twice a day and use dental rinse and floss.
  • Removing dentures during the night.
  • Visit the dentist regularly.
  • Reduce sugar consumption.
  • Treat dry mouth or xerostomia.

Signs and Symptoms

The most common symptoms of Oral Thrush are:

  • Creamy white lesions on the tongue, cheeks, roof of the mouth, gums, and tonsils.
  • Redness, burning, or swelling with difficulty eating and swallowing.
  • Slight bleeding if lesions rupture
  • Raised lesions with a cottage cheese-like appearance
  • Cottony sensation in the mouth
  • Loss of taste
  • Redness, irritation, and pain under the prosthesis


Treatment is based on antifungals such as:


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