How to Prevent Oral Thrush

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Oral thrush is a fungal infection of the mouth. It’s typically caused by Candida albicans fungus, which is also known as a yeast infection. Oral thrush likes to infect the mouths of infants, especially because it’s common to form during feeding time. So, to help you prevent thrush for your child and even for yourself, our dentist, Dr. Marco Holgado, has some tips and information for you.

To prevent this oral problem, it’s best to maintain cleanliness. This means you need to clean bottles, bottle nipples, and binkies frequently. In fact, it’s best to clean them once a day. This might seem a little obsessive, but the yeast can form on the bottle, bottle’s nipple, or binky in a time frame of about an hour.

It’s also important to be aware of your own health. The baby can also get thrush by breastfeeding. If you have a yeast infection and then your child feeds from your breast, they can be exposed to the fungus. So, it’s best to keep a lookout for any sign of infection as well as red, cracked, and sore nipples (these last symptoms mean your child has passed thrush onto you). If you notice any signs, it’s best to visit your doctor for treatment before it passes over to your child.

If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about oral thrush in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, please call Zonies-Holgado Dental Associates at 856-429-4600 when you have the opportunity. Our dental team is here to help you in any way we can, and we are excited to keep your child away from thrush!