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Fungi is not a fun guy.

Fungal infections in the mouth? Are you sure that's what you mean?

Yes. Fungal infections in the mouth are actually quite common in people who suffer from dry mouth or a compromised immune system. The most common fungal infections are caused by candida albicans.

Oral fungal infections are often called thrush. Fungi are normally present in the mouth at low levels but other microorganisms such as bacteria preclude their overgrowth. Sometimes, however, if the oral flora is altered through medications or changes in salivary flow and composition, fungi proliferate at a greater rate resulting in a fungal infection.

What does it look like?

Fungal infections may present in a few different forms. A common sign is the presence of a white, cottage-cheese like lesions that present on the tongue, cheeks, palantine tonsils and throat which can be scraped off.

How are they treated?

If you suspect you may have a fungal infection, it is important that you visit your dental oncologist or dentist for further evaluation and diagnosis. Fungal infections are often treated with anti-fungal medications.

Can thrush be prevented?

Keep those pearly whites clean. Practicing excellent oral hygiene by brushing your teeth at least twice daily and flossing at least once daily may help prevent your risk of developing thrush.

Let your tissues breathe. Do not sleep with your dentures. You should allow at least six hours for your tissues to breathe.

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