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Includes: The diagnostic and surgical treatment of diseases, injuries, and defects involving both the junctional and the esthetic aspects of the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial regions.
It is an infection in the oral cavity of yeast fungus , Candida albicans. It affects the mucous membranes of the mouth. It causes white patched in the mouth that can be very painful and make swallowing and chewing difficult.
Thrush effecting the mouth and throat is also known as oropharyngeal candidiasis
Thrush also known as Candida, does not become a problem until the natural flora of the mouth is disturbed, favoring candida over the other microorganisms of the oral cavity.
This disturbance of the oral cavity can be caused by a number of factors such as, taking antibiotics, or chemotherapy. Systemic problems can also cause an imbalance; diabetes, malnutrition, drug abuse, or immune deficiencies such as AIDS or deficiencies related to old age.
Those who have dentures that do not fit well can suffer from breaks in the mucous membranes of the oral cavity. This can act as a gateway for candida. Those who have suffered from this problem show evidence of it when they have moist, pale pink spots on their lips. These spots are known as angular chelitis. This is a clear indication of candida infection.