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Dr. SCOTT HARWOOD
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Oral Thrush (Definition)

Oral thrush or oral candidiasis is a yeast infection of the mouth. White plaques are present on the inner side of cheeks of the mouth. The tongue may also have a white coat. Treatment is by antifungal liquid, tablets or troches. Thrush can occur when the normal flora of the mouth is disturbed such as during antibiotics, oral ...Read more


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Is it ok if I use the mouthwash peroxyl for thrush?

Is it ok if I use the mouthwash peroxyl for thrush?

Yes, but: The active ingredient in peroxyl is hydrogen peroxide which is great for cleaning wounds, sores and killing anaerobic bacteria, however, you have a fungal infection (candida). The treatment of choice is an anti fungal mouthwash like nistatin or Clotrimazole lozenges. The peroxyl can be used in conjunction with the antifungal mouthwash to speed up healing and cleanse the area. ...Read more

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Used a mouthwash rinse for the first time. It really dried my mouth out and after about 3 weeks the dr. Said i had thrush. Is that normal?

Not normal: Mouthwash shouldn't cause thrush--it should help prevent it. Find a better mouthwash! i recommend listerine or crest prohealth (or the generic equivalents). The real question is why did you get thrush, since it is unlikely the mouthwash caused the thrush. So what is the underlying health issue that allowed a fungal infection to occur? What did the dr. Say? ...Read more

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Can I safely use diluted hydrogen peroxide as mouthwash indefinitely? My dentist recommended it to me for chronic halitosis & oral thrush.

Can I safely use diluted hydrogen peroxide as mouthwash indefinitely? My dentist recommended it to me for chronic halitosis & oral thrush.

Halitosis: Indefinitely is a long time, and the H2O2 may not be treating the cause. Bad breath can be caused by many different factors, including sinus infections, periodontal problems, smoking, cavities, acid reflux, and your diet. Address all of these possibilities with your dentist and physician, and I'm confident that your problem will at least be minimized, and hopefully eradicated. ...Read more

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I have bad breath. A thick layer on my tongue appears whenever i wake up. I have tried thrush drops, thrush tablets, corsodyl mouthwash, tongue scrape?

I have bad breath. A thick layer on my tongue appears whenever i wake up. I have tried thrush drops, thrush tablets, corsodyl mouthwash, tongue scrape?

Dentist?: Have you seen a dentist and explained the problem to your dentist who can actually examine you, along with taking a complete dental and medical history? That's what i would recommend and the best way to diagnose your problem and suggest a remedy. ...Read more

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My partner has oral thrush which is getting worse. She tried a mouth wash which a pharmacist recommended but it is not working.

My partner has oral thrush which is getting worse. She tried a mouth wash which a pharmacist recommended but it is not working.

Oral Thrush: If oral thrush was in fact a definitive diagnosis and she is otherwise healthy, then the next step is normally an anti-fungal oral medication that must be prescribed by a health care professional and not an OTC medication. If not diagnosed by a dentist or physician, have her see one for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Help please! is chlorhexidine mouth wash effective in treating oral thrush?

No: Not really. You have a fungal (yeast) infection. There are drugs specifically for that. You will need a prescription. ...Read more

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I think I got thrush from this antibiotic for vaginosis....I am using peroxdyl mouth wash, is that helpful? Any other Otc meds?

I think I got thrush from this antibiotic for vaginosis....I am using peroxdyl mouth wash,  is that helpful? Any other Otc meds?

Visit your dentist: Proper examination by your dentist is essential to provide you proper treatment. Immaculate maintenance of oral hygiene would help. If you have an existing gum problem, which became worse, your dentist needs to treat you properly. Coordinate your treatment with your dentist & your physician for the best possible results. ...Read more

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Is it possible that crest pro health mouthwash cause an allergic reaction?

Is it possible that crest pro health mouthwash cause an allergic reaction?

Yes: Anything you're exposed to can cause any type of allergic reaction. If you suspect it is the mouthwash then discontinue use to see if things clear up. If not it may be some other thing that is causing this and you may have to see an allergist to be sure. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does regular mouthwash (Listerine) cause antibacterial resistance or would it have to be prescription mouthwash?

Does regular mouthwash (Listerine) cause antibacterial resistance or would it have to be prescription mouthwash?

Never: Never heard of mouthwash of any kind causing bacterial resistance. Listerine is not an antibiotic, and therefore can't cause antibiotic resistance. ...Read more

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Would crest pro health mouthwash cause an allergic reaction for any reason?

Would crest pro health mouthwash cause an allergic reaction for any reason?

It is possible: Potentially anything can cause an allergic reaction and for some people that includes mouthwash, toothpaste or soap. If you developed an allergic reaction, simply do not use the product again. ...Read more

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How can using mouthwash cool mint listerine(21.6% alcohol)as directed not drinking) cause a positive beathalyzer reading? Please explain in detail.

How can using mouthwash cool mint listerine(21.6% alcohol)as directed not drinking) cause a positive beathalyzer reading? Please explain in detail.

Alcohol: Alcohol absorbs through the tissues in your mouth. Every single drug screening or treatment program i know tells every single patient this and that this type of product is not acceptable if one is being tested for alcohol. Putting listorine into your mouth is the same as drinking alcohol.The taste alone often triggers patients back into relapse. ...Read more

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Can natural mouthwash cause plaque?

Can natural mouthwash cause plaque?

Natural mouthwash?: I am not sure what you are referring to when you say "natural" mouthwash and therefore i can't answer your question accurately. Please re-post your question with more specific information and why you are asking the question. Do you have a problem with plaque buildup? ...Read more

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Can daily scope mouthwash cause problems?

Can daily scope mouthwash cause problems?

Yes: If you have an allergy to one of the ingredients in the mouthwash you can have a reaction. Also, many mouthwashes contain alcohol. Using these multiple times a day can harm tissues in your mouth and lead to big trouble. In my practice i don't recommend using these products more than twice per day. ...Read more

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Can using mouthwash with alcohol really cause oral cancer?

Can using mouthwash with alcohol really cause oral cancer?

Possible: The concentration of alcohol in mouthwashes is very high and we know that alcohol can play a role in oral cancer. It is probably more likely if you have a genetic predisposition to cancer. ...Read more

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Mouthwash after flossing bloody gums. Will it be harmful ( cause infection? )

Mouthwash after flossing bloody gums.  Will it be harmful ( cause infection? )

Mouthwash: If there is some bleeding after flossing, use of a mouthwash should not introduce infection. ...Read more

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Can using to much mouthwash with peroxide, and toothpaste with baking soda cause me to have a salty taste in mouth?

Can using to much mouthwash with peroxide, and toothpaste with baking soda cause me to have a salty taste in mouth?

Yes: Most likey the culprit is the baking soda toothpate. Switch to another brand that doesn't have the baking soda ingredient and see if that helps. ...Read more

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Hello, I have a crown on my front tooth when I floss on that tooth a lot of times the floss smells. What do you think is the cause of this? I floss, use a tongue scraper and mouthwash everyday.

Hello, I have a crown on my front tooth when I floss on that tooth a lot of times the floss smells. What do you think is the cause of this? I floss, use a tongue scraper and mouthwash everyday.

Bacteria or food: will cause the floss to smell. Gingival defect? Open margin? Decay? Can't really tell over the internet. It would be best to have a local dentist examine you. ...Read more

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Can mouthwashes containing peroxide cause mouth cancer?

Can mouthwashes containing peroxide cause mouth cancer?

Doubtful: The most common problem with the chronic use of peroxide is developing a yeast or fungal infection. This is due to the fact that the normal bacterial flora in the mouth has been disrupted and you get an overgrowth. ...Read more

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Will the alcohol in breath mints and mouthwash cause nausea if I am taking flagyl?

Will the alcohol in breath mints and mouthwash cause nausea if I am taking flagyl?

Not usually: There is such a small amount of alcohol in mints you should not have a problem. Mouthwash usually does contain alcohol, but you should be fine as long as you don't swallow it. I wouldn't worry about it. ...Read more

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I am curious if alcoholic mouthwash can cause cancer , what happens when you drink alcohol?

I am curious if alcoholic mouthwash can cause cancer , what happens when you drink alcohol?

Don't worry: Alcohol consumption has been linked to oral cancer. Heavy drinking and smoking together will greatly increase the chances of oral cancer.
Don't worry too much about using mouthwash. Even though there is alcohol in it you typically don't use enough to cause a problem. You can use an alcohol free mouthwash if you are concerned. ...Read more

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The bump of pus in my gums are gone after i switched on the aircon (hot weather here) and using mouthwash. What could have caused the pus bump?

The bump of pus in my gums are gone after i switched on the aircon (hot weather here) and using mouthwash. What could have caused the pus bump?

Unrelated: The pus swelling is evidence of a dental infection unrelated to the coincidence of turnig on the a/c. You will need a dental exam to determine the best way to treat the infection. ...Read more

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I take several meds that cause dry mouth. I use Boitene toothpaste and mouthwash my mouth is so dry it wakes me in middle of night what can I do?

I take several meds that cause dry mouth. I use Boitene toothpaste and mouthwash my mouth is so dry it wakes me in middle of night what can I do?

Dry mouth treatment: The treatment depends on the cause, but dry mouth is often a side effect of medication. Dry mouth may improve with an adjusted dosage or a new prescription. For example replace Phenergan (promethazine) , Promethazine with Zofran. Sip water as much as you can, use OTC (xylitol) saliva substitutes, practice nose breathing.
Rec.: see your PCP for more information. Important! ...Read more

Dr. SCOTT HARWOOD
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Candidiasis (Definition)

Candidiasis is an infection caused by a specific group of fungi or yeast that usually occur in warm, moist parts of the body. Common symptoms include ...Read more


Thrush (Definition)

A yeast infection of the mucus membrane lining ...Read more