The mouth and throat rely on a variety of physical structures and tissues to provide you with the basic ability to speak, chew and swallow. These structures also play host to a diverse population of microbes. When they are in balance oral bacteria effectively prevent yeast and other microbes from establishing and presence in the mouth and throat.
Small children and certain individuals with a compromised immune system or people taking a long-term course of antibiotics might develop an imbalance in this oral microbial environment. When this happens oral yeast can bloom leading to discomfort in the back of the mouth and upper throat.
Thrush which is also known as candidiasis is one of the more common oral yeast infections. Common symptoms might include noticeable white lesions on the tongue, cheeks and the roof of the mouth, as well as discoloration of the gums and tonsils. These symptoms can also cause difficulty in swallowing and might also be accompanied by a low-grade fever.
If you or your child has been experiencing early symptoms of thrush, you should seek a timely diagnosis from a dentist like Dr. Angela Osborn. Treatment methods can vary depending on the severity of the candidiasis.
In some of these cases she might provide you with a prescription for an antifungal medication. Our dentist will provide you with further tips to help remediate the fungal presence in the throat or mouth.
If you live in the area surrounding Lone Tree, Colorado, and you or another member of your family has started to manifest symptoms of thrush, you should call 303-799-9993 to seek professional diagnosis at Angela M. Osborn, DDS, PC.