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.
About oral thrush in adults
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.
When to seek medical advice
Back to Health A to Z. Oral thrush is usually harmless. It's common in babies and older people with dentures.
Thrush oral candidiasis , also known as oral moniliasis, is a yeast infection of the mouth or throat the oral cavity. The yeast that most commonly causes oral candidiasis is Candida albicans. Thrush is very common in infants. Adults who develop thrush include: People with diabetes or other glandular endocrine disorders Denture wearers People taking antibiotics Persons undergoing chemotherapy Drug users People with poor nutrition Persons who have an immune deficiency, such as HIV People who use inhaled steroids for certain lung conditions Pregnant women or women on birth control pills.