Oral thrush is a problem that is nothing to be worried about. It’s an oral fungal infection that is caused by a yeast infection, more properly known as Candida albicans fungus. It typically develops during feeding time, and it loves to take up residence in the mouths of infants. Fortunately, it’s preventable and treatable. To help your child prevent oral thrush in Smyrna, Georgia, our dentist, Dr. Vivian Hudson, and dental team have some tips and recommendations that you can use.
First, make sure you maintain cleanliness. This is important because yeast can form on your child’s bottle, bottle nipple, or binky in as little time as an hour. So, make sure to deeply clean these things at least once a day. Also, if you have a full bottle that is not being used, make sure to put it in the refrigerator to keep the yeast from forming.
Second, be aware of your own health. Unfortunately, breastfeeding can promote thrush, but only if you have a yeast infection. As you breastfeed, it can transfer the infection to your child—or vice versa. So, keep an eye out for any signs of a yeast infection or red, cracked, and sore nipples. If you do notice these signs and symptoms, it’s best to visit your doctor for treatment.
For more information and details about how to help your child prevent oral thrush, please reach out to our dental team at Hudson Dental Care at your earliest convenience. All you need to do is dial 770-438-1520 and we will be more than happy to help you!