You Need to Know About Oral Thrush: Here’s Why | Willard Peng DDS

Dentist Vista

Maintaining oral health is essential for overall well-being, but sometimes, even a healthy mouth can develop issues like oral thrush. At Vista Signature Smiles, under the expertise of Dr. Willard Peng DDS, we prioritize educating our patients about oral health and preventive measures to combat conditions like oral thrush.

Oral thrush, caused by the Candida fungus, can manifest as white patches or sores on the tongue or inner cheeks. While bacteria and fungi naturally occur in the mouth, allowing them to accumulate can lead to oral thrush. Individuals with weakened immune systems, diabetes, or who smoke are at higher risk.

The consequences of oral thrush extend beyond discomfort, potentially causing difficulty swallowing, altered taste perception, and even bleeding in severe cases. Moreover, untreated oral thrush can spread to the lungs, digestive tract, and heart, especially in individuals with compromised immune systems.

Preventing oral thrush starts with a diligent daily oral hygiene routine, including thorough brushing, flossing, and cleaning the tongue. Tongue scrapers can aid in removing excess bacteria. Additionally, certain antimicrobial toothpaste or mouthwash may be beneficial, as recommended by our experienced dental team.

Regular dental examinations are crucial for detecting oral thrush early, particularly for diabetic patients, who should schedule frequent visits. Our dedicated staff at Vista Signature Smiles is committed to partnering with you to maintain optimal oral health and prevent conditions like oral thrush.

For personalized guidance on oral health maintenance or to schedule your next visit with Dr. Willard Peng DDS at Vista Signature Smiles, please reach out to our office. Your oral health is our priority, and we’re here to ensure you achieve a healthy, vibrant smile for life.

Vista Signature Dental
Phone: (760) 209-5060
440 S Melrose Dr #101
Vista, CA 92081