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You Need to Know About Oral Thrush: Here’s Why | Dr. Ignatius Ginski

Maintaining optimal oral health is crucial for overall well-being. Even with a healthy mouth, the presence of bacteria and fungi can lead to complications like oral thrush. At Ginski Family Dentistry, led by Dr. Ignatius Ginski, we’re committed to educating our patients about oral health issues like thrush and empowering them with preventive measures.

Oral thrush occurs due to an overgrowth of the fungus Candida in the mouth. While bacteria and fungi are natural inhabitants of the oral cavity, it’s essential to prevent their accumulation. Thrush manifests as white, thick patches on the tongue or inner cheek, resembling patchy white sores.

Individuals at a higher risk of oral thrush include young children, infants, and the elderly, as well as those with weakened immune systems or diabetes. Smokers are also prone to developing oral thrush. Left untreated, oral thrush can cause discomfort, difficulty swallowing, and a burning sensation in affected areas. In severe cases, it can spread to the lungs, digestive tract, and even the heart, particularly in individuals with compromised immune systems.

Preventing oral thrush starts with a diligent daily oral hygiene routine, including thorough brushing and flossing of teeth and tongue. Tongue scraping can also help remove bacteria and fungi from the tongue’s surface. Additionally, some patients may benefit from using antimicrobial toothpaste or mouthwash, as recommended by the American Dental Association.

Regular dental exams are paramount for early detection and prevention of oral health issues like thrush. For diabetic patients, maintaining regular dental visits is especially crucial. Our team at Ginski Family Dentistry is dedicated to working with you to prevent and address oral health concerns effectively.

For more tips on maintaining a healthy mouth or to schedule your next visit, please don’t hesitate to contact Ginski Family Dentistry. We’re here to help you achieve optimal oral health and a brighter smile.

Ginski Family Dentistry PLLC
Email: info@ginskidds.com
Phone: (901) 763-1600
Url: https://dentistmemphistn.com/
5180 Park Ave #280
Memphis, TN 38119

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