Oral thrush is an oral fungal infection that loves to take up residence in the mouths of infants. It’s usually caused by a yeast infection, which is more properly known as Candida albicans fungus. Thrush isn’t anything to stress too much about (however, you should still seek treatment if your child has it). Fortunately, there are things you can do to prevent this oral issue, and our dentist, Dr. Christopher Hulen, is happy to tell you all about them.
First, maintain cleanliness as much as possible. Yeast can form in as little as one hour, especially on your child’s bottle, bottle nipple, and pacifier. So, make sure you clean these items at least once a day so you can reduce the chances of your child having thrush. You can also keep a full bottle in the refrigerator when your child isn’t using it. This will help keep yeast from forming on the bottle.
Second, be aware of your own health. If you have a yeast infection, you could pass it onto your child if you’re breastfeeding. Your child could also pass thrush onto you. So, make sure to be cautious of any signs of a yeast infection or of red, cracked, and tender nipples. If you notice these things, it’s best to visit your doctor for treatment.
Call Hulen Family Dentistry today at 765-675-8745 if you have any questions about oral thrush in Tipton, Indiana. The more you know about this infection, the more you can help your child. Our dental team looks forward to helping you!