Q. I think I may have oral thrush, should I be worried about it?

A. Oral thrush, which is also known as oral candidiasis, is a condition that occurs when a fungus builds up on the lining of your mouth. It can develop in anyone, whatever age.

A major symptom is white lesions in your mouth – on your tongue or inner cheeks. If you notice any of these symptoms then visit your dentist as oral thrush can spread.

It can be quite irritating and uncomfortable because the infection can spread to the roof of your mouth and gums. In some cases, the lesions may even appear on the back of your throat.

Oral thrush can sometimes get confused with leukoplakia which is the formation of white patches in the mouth. It is linked with mouth cancer and can raise concerns and often people may wrongly self-diagnose themselves. This is why it’s a good idea to visit your dentist for a correct diagnosis.

To ensure that oral thrush never occurs or returns after you suffer from it, you should follow a good oral care routine. If you’re taking antibiotics to remedy a chronic condition then I recommend including yoghurt in your diet.

During the course of your oral thrush, try to replace your toothbrush more frequently than the recommended three month intervals. If your brush is harbouring any leftovers from the infection, it could delay your recovery. Once you have recovered then you can go back to changing your brush every three months.

Don’t forget to brush your teeth at least twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste.

* For more information about dental problems contact Synergy Dental

Clinic Bolton, email bolton@synergydental.org.uk or go to www.synergydental.org.uk/dentist-in-bolton