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Risk Factors

Certain situations can weaken the immune system either in the body or locally in the mouth. A weakened immune system increases your risk for thrush. Factors that can weaken your immune system include:
  • Certain medications such as:
    • Corticosteroid inhalers
    • Medications that treat psychiatric conditions
    • Antibiotics
  • Imbalance of healthy microorganisms in the mouth which can be caused by:
    • Wearing dentures
    • Prolonged illness
    • Conditions that cause a dry mouth
 

RESOURCES

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
http://www.cdc.gov

National Foundation for Infectious Disease
http://www.nfid.org

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Canadian Dental Association
http://www.cda-adc.ca

Public Health Agency of Canada
http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca

 

References


Adults healthy habits. American Dental Association Mouth Healthy website. Available at: http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/adults-under-40. Accessed December 9, 2013.


Dentures. American Dental Association Mouth Healthy website. Available at: http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/d/Dentures. Accessed December 9, 2013.


Greenspan D, Greenspan JS. HIV-related oral disease. Lancet. 1996;358:9029).729-733.


Oral candidiasis. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/fungal/Candidiasis/thrush. Updated May 6, 2013. Accessed December 9, 2013.


Oral candidiasis in children and adults. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated October 1, 2013. Accessed December 9, 2013.


A prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial evaluating the effects of nystatin on the development of oral irritation in patients receiving high-dose intravenous interleukin-2. J Immunother. 2001;24(2):188-192.

 

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