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Understanding Oral Thrush: A Guide from The Smile Center, Your Trusted Dentist in Norton Shores

Dentist in Norton Shores, MI

Maintaining oral health is crucial for preventing complications, but sometimes, an imbalance of bacteria and fungi can lead to issues like oral thrush. Here’s what you need to know about oral thrush and how to prevent it.

What is Oral Thrush?

Oral thrush is caused by an overgrowth of the fungus Candida in the mouth. While bacteria and fungi naturally occur in the mouth, excessive buildup can result in thrush. It often manifests as white, thick patches on the tongue or inner cheeks, resembling patchy white sores.

Who is at Risk?

Individuals at higher risk of developing oral thrush include young children, infants, and the elderly. Those with weakened immune systems, diabetes, or who smoke are also more susceptible. Oral thrush can lead to discomfort, trouble swallowing and tasting, and a burning sensation in affected areas.

Prevention Methods

Maintaining a rigorous daily oral hygiene routine is key to preventing oral thrush. This includes thorough brushing and flossing of the teeth, as well as cleaning the tongue with a tongue scraper. Just like teeth, the tongue harbors bacteria and requires daily cleaning to stay healthy.

Some patients may benefit from using antimicrobial toothpaste or mouthwash, as recommended by the American Dental Association. Consult with our dentist to determine the best preventive measures for you.

Regular Dental Exams

Regular dental exams are essential for preventing oral health issues like thrush. During these exams, our team can detect early signs of thrush or other oral health problems and provide appropriate treatment. For diabetic patients, scheduling regular visits to our office is especially important to maintain oral health.

Schedule Your Visit

At The Smile Center, we prioritize your oral health and are here to support you in preventing issues like oral thrush. Contact our office today for more tips on maintaining oral health or to schedule your next dental exam. Your healthy smile is our top priority.

The Smile Center
Phone: 231-733-4409
3500 Park Street
Norton Shores, MI 49444

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Dentist in Norton Shores, MI

3500 Park St Norton Shores,
Michigan 49444

(231) 733-4409

Office Hours:
Monday: 9:00AM – 5:00PM
Tuesday: 9:00AM – 5:00PM
Wednesday: 9:00AM – 5:00PM
Thursday: 8:00AM – 2:00PM
Friday: Closed
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

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