Oral thrush happens when a yeast infection develops inside your mouth. Oral thrush most often occurs in infants and toddlers. It causes white or yellowish bumps to form on the inner cheeks and tongue. Those bumps usually go away with treatment.
Oral thrush: All you need to know
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Read on to learn more about why this happens, other potential causes, treatment options, and more. Candida fungus is a normal part of the microscopic bacteria ecosystem in your mouth, tongue, gums, and throat. If this fungus begins to grow uncontrollably, an oral yeast infection thrush may develop. Candida fungus also lives in the vagina and penis. Performing oral sex on a person who has this genitalia may introduce additional candida to your mouth, triggering an overgrowth. You may also contract oral thrush if you perform oral sex on someone who has a vaginal, penile, or anal yeast infection.
Oral thrush produces slightly raised, creamy white, sore patches in your mouth or on your tongue. Oral thrush — also called oral candidiasis kan-dih-DIE-uh-sis — is a condition in which the fungus Candida albicans accumulates on the lining of your mouth. Candida is a normal organism in your mouth, but sometimes it can overgrow and cause symptoms. Oral thrush causes creamy white lesions, usually on your tongue or inner cheeks.