Do you have white cuts or a white rash on your tongue? Are they raised and do they appear at all like cottage cheese? If so, you might have a disease called oral thrush or oral candidiasis. This infection is caused by the fungus candida, and it can impact your mouth and other parts of the body: infected women may suffer from vaginal yeast infection, and infants can suffer from diaper rash. The disease most regularly affects the elderly, babies and those with weaker immune systems.
Think it or not, you’re most likely harboring the candida fungus in your body right now. Don’t fret: it’s healthy when kept under control. The bacterial acids in your body typically work alongside candida, but it can progress out of control when the levels of helpful bacteria in your body decrease too much, which can happen when you’re taking antibiotics fighting diabetes or HIV, suffering from xerostomia or dealing with lots of other problems.
Left untreated, oral thrush can move to the esophagus and cause problems like fever and difficulty swallowing. If you believe you might have thrush, it’s best to get it under control now. Please call our office at 734-973-7450 to pencil in your next checkup with Dr. Nancy Urquiola and the staff at Urquiola Dental Center PC in Ann Arbor, Michigan. They’ll work with you to help you get any oral conditions you have under control.