What is Thrush?
Causes of Yeast
Infection in the Mouth
thrush?" is a fairly common question since
it affects many people - from a baby or infant to adults.
Both males and females are susceptible to thrush.
We will explain what thrush is along with its' causes and
who is likely to suffer from a yeast infection in the mouth.
Once you know what you are dealing with it is easier to tackle
(Note: This is Part I of the
article, Part II discusses the symptoms and
treatment of a yeast infection in the
mouth - just click on the link to go
to Part II).
To Learn What Caused Your Thrush and How to Get Rid of it,
Simply put, thrush is an oral yeast infection - a yeast
infection in the mouth rather than the more common vaginal
yeast infection. However, the yeast infection is the same no
matter where it occurs.
Thrush is also called an oral yeast infection, candidiasis
or oral thrush.
Oral yeast infections can appear in many places such as the
inside of the cheeks, on the tongue, on the corners of the
mouth and on the throat.
(For a more detailed explanation of yeast infections, see
our page that explains
yeast infections in general).
Thrush or Yeast Infections of the Mouth
Like all yeast infections, an oral yeast infection
(candidiasis), is caused by an overgrowth of the yeast Candida
Albicans. This Candida yeast is found in many parts of the
body, including the gut, skin, vagina and eyes. Approximately
50% of people have the yeast present in their mouths.
The presence of Candida Albicans yeast in the mouth does not
usually cause any problems. However, sometimes its growth can
get out of control, resulting in an oral yeast infection.
Some common causes of this overgrowth can include:
- Antibiotics – Antibiotic
medicines can kill off the healthy bacteria in the mouth,
leaving room for the "bad" bacteria such as Candida
Albicans to grow.
- A weakened immune system – If
you're run down, stressed or have been ill your body can
not fight off the growth of this bad bacteria.
- Steroid inhalers - Use of these
inhalers for conditions like asthma can lead to
- Dentures – If they are
ill-fitting or are not properly cleaned they provide an
environment for the yeast to grow.
- Using antibacterial mouthwash –
If you overuse this type of mouthwash, it can kill the
healthy bacteria in the mouth.
- A dry mouth – Some medication can
cause a reduction of the production of saliva in the mouth.
People with less saliva are more susceptilbe to having a
yeast infection in the mouth.
In essence, pretty much anything that affects the
environment inside the mouth has the ability to cause an
overgrowth of this Candida yeast.
Who Gets Oral
Anyone can get an oral yeast infection – men, women,
children and babies.
Unfortunatley, baby thrush is fairly common. One way a
newborn baby may get thrush is during delivery if the mother
had a yeast infection in the vagina. If this is the case, the
yeast infection in the mouth of the baby will usually appear
within a couple of weeks.
Thus it is important that a pregnant woman tries to cure her
vaginal yeast infection prior to delivery.
Sometimes there is an underlying disease or illness that can
be responsible for causing the infection or making the mouth
more susceptible to it.
Oral yeast infections have been linked to the following
illnesses or conditions:
- Respiratory infections
- Dry Mouth
- Thyroid disorders
- Sjogren's Disorder
- HIV and AIDS
- Autoimmune diseases
For Part II of our article, which discusses the
Treatment of Thrush, just click on the link.
To Learn What
Caused Your Thrush and How to Get Rid of it, Click
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