Oral Candidiasis

thrush1What is oral Candidiasis? It’s an oral condition commonly called thrush, and it can be unsightly when you say “Ahhhhh.”  Take your Reno dentists, Dr. William Wager and Dr. Brian Evans true or false quiz to find out what you know about oral Candidiasis, or thrush.

True or False?

  1. T or F: Oral Candidiasis is just a big word for a yeast infection.
  2. T or F: People have Candida all over their bodies.
  3. T or F: People usually have a Candida breakout about every three months as the common cold.
  4. T or F: The Candidiasis infection is not just oral. It can grow on other parts of your body.
  5. T or F: Infants are the only ones susceptible to thrush.
  6. T or F: Thrush presents as white spots in your oral cavity.
  7. True: When the yeast Candida albicans overproduce it causes a fungal infection called oral Candidiasis, commonly called thrush.
  8. True: Healthy people actually have Candida fungus growing in their oral cavity, digestive tract, and on their skin.
  9. False: Candida naturally live on and in your body but the bacteria which is also naturally present in your body keep the Candida fungus in balance. However, if this balance is disrupted the Candida fungus will overproduce resulting in a yeast infection.
  10. False: It’s called oral Candidiasis because it presents in your mouth and throat.
  11. False: Although infants are susceptible to thrush, they are not the only ones. Denture wearers, the elderly, people with weakened immune systems, people taking certain medications (particularly antibiotics), people who suffer from xerostomia (dry mouth), and those with chronic diseases such as leukemia and diabetes are all especially susceptible to thrush.
  12. True: The symptoms of thrush include white patches on your tongue, inner cheeks, in your mouth, and in your throat. It can also present with pain and soreness in your mouth.

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