9 Ways to Prevent the Advent of Oral Thrush.

9 Ways to Prevent the Advent of Oral Thrush.

Though Oral Thrush is a disconcerting condition that looks serious and dangerous, it is, in fact, quite easy to prevent.

Oral thrush is a fungal infection of the mouth that can be successfully treated using antifungal medication. Also called oral candidiasis, it is caused by a group of yeasts called Candida. White patches, red areas, an unpleasant taste, cracks at the corners as well as painful, burning sensations in the mouth are some of the oral thrush symptoms. And here are 9 ways you can prevent it from infecting your mouth.

  1. Rinse your mouth thoroughly after every meal. By not doing so, you’re just extending an open invitation to oral thrush to gate crash your mouth.
  2. Brush your teeth a minimum of two times a day with a toothpaste that is rich in fluoride and has flossing properties. Non-vegetarians should especially take care not to hit the sack at night without brushing out all those meaty particles.
  3. Visit a dentist for check-ups regularly, even if you use dentures or don’t have natural teeth. There’s no person more qualified to help you detect and prevent the formation of oral thrush than your dentist.
  4. Make sure to remove your dentures every night and clean them with paste and water, before soaking them. Though they are not real teeth, they are inside your real mouth, which is why they need to be really clean.
  5. If you wear dentures or don’t have natural teeth, it is essential you brush your gums, tongue and also the inside of your oral cavity, namely your mouth, with a soft toothbrush at least twice a day. Your gums need that kind of attention if you want to keep oral thrush away from your mouth, and your life too.
  6. It is critical that you visit your dentist if your dentures don’t fit properly. Ill-fitting dentures can cause all kinds of gum damage, which will lead to oral thrush.
  7. Kick the butt; yes, smoking causes and worsens oral thrush. And honestly, do you really need another reason to quit smoking? It’s a disgusting habit that’s not just bad for you but for others around you too.
  8. If you use a corticosteroid inhaler and a spacer to take medicine, make sure to rinse your mouth with water, spitting it out post usage. You don’t want to risk attracting oral thrush because you left some residue in your mouth.
  9. If you have any underlying conditions, such as diabetes, make sure they are kept well supressed and under control. These conditions, if not controlled, can cause an outbreak of oral thrush too.

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Remember, oral thrush can affect absolutely anybody and you are not weird if you contract it. That being said, the likelihood of its occurrence is higher in babies, elderly folks, people with bad immune systems as well as people who are taking certain kinds of medications. And with these 9 tips under your belt, oral thrush can’t threaten you or your loved ones.

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