Oral thrush is a childhood nuisance that attacks the mouth. It’s caused by Candida albicans fungus, which is also known as a yeast infection, and it thrives on milk, which means this oral problem can develop during feeding time. To help you and your child prevent this oral issue, our dentist, Dr. Nicole Holmes, and dental team have some tips and recommendations for you.
It’s important to maintain cleanliness. This is a big factor of preventing oral thrush because yeast can form on a bottle, bottle nipple, or pacifier in as little as one hour. So, make sure to clean your child’s bottles, bottle nipples, and pacifier at least once a day. It can also help to store a full, unused bottle in the refrigerator to keep the yeast from forming.
It’s also important to be aware of your own health. If you have a yeast infection and you breastfeed your baby, the infection can transfer over to your child’s mouth. So, it’s important to keep an eye out for any symptoms of a yeast infection and then if you notice any, contact your doctor for treatment. If you ever experience red, cracked, or sore nipples, it could mean your child passes thrush to you, and it’s also important to visit your doctor in this case.
To learn more about how to prevent oral thrush in Fort Collins, Colorado, please call Holmes Dental at 970-221-2499. Our dental team is here to assist you in any way we can, and we will be happy to help you and your child prevent this oral issue.