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There are many dental issues in the world today that can take over your smile and alter your oral health, and one of those issues is thrush.

Thrush in Tullahoma, Tennessee, is a dental issue that typically begins when stress, illnesses, or medication disrupt the balance of bacteria and microorganisms in your mouth. When this happens, your oral fungus, also known as candida fungus, grows out of control.

These are the causes, symptoms, and treatments of thrush:

Causes

The causes of thrush generally include:

-Medications, like corticosteroids, antibiotics, and birth control pills

-Stress

-Illnesses or medical situations, like uncontrolled diabetes, HIV infection, cancer, dry mouth, and hormonal changes during pregnancy

Symptoms

The main symptom of thrush is the appearance of a creamy white lesion on the inside of your mouth. The lesion will appear suddenly and persist for a long period of time. It might be painful and it might bleed when you scrape it or brush your teeth.

Treatments

Sometimes prescribed medication, like antifungal medication, is needed to treat thrush. Your dentist will also provide a specific treatment that is designed for your age and cause of infection. However, sometimes thrush is caused by other medical issues. If this is the case for you, you will need to visit your physician.

To learn more about thrush, please call H. Michael Long, DDS at 931-455-2595. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. H. Michael Long, if you’ve noticed any signs leading to thrush. We are here to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to hearing from you!