Your mouth is filled with bacteria, fungi, and viruses - collectively called the oral microbiome! Some of these microbes are beneficial, while others cause damage. Maintaining the right balance of good and bad microbes is essential to oral health.
Oral thrush — also known as oral candidiasis (kan-dih-DIE-uh-sis) — is a condition in which certain species of fungi from the Candida genus accumulate on the lining of your mouth. Candida is a normal organism in your mouth, but if there is an overabundance it can lead to unpleasant symptoms including white lesions on your tongue and cheeks, redness or burning sensations, and loss of taste.
Your oral microbiome is associated with everything from recurrent oral infections to conditions including diabetes, heart disease & gut inflammation.
Your mouth is the gateway to your body & the mirror of your health.
Specific microbes in your mouth drive oral thrush and other serious conditions including periodontal disease & gingivitis. Understanding your oral microbiome is the first step in improving.
The abundance of fungi related to oral thrush influence the severity of your symptoms and may contribute to your risk for more severe oral health conditions. Tracking where you are can indicate if your oral health is improving and provide early warnings if things start to slip.
Certain factors like poor diet & hygiene can create an environment in our mouth that harmful microbes thrive in. By addressing these factors you can reduce harmful bacteria and promote beneficial ones to improve your oral health.
Our certified professionals will review your clinical & behavioral risk factors and oral microbiome results to create a personalized care plan.
Former Head of Dentistry, Walmart, Chief Strategy Officer, DSO Strategy, LLC
International speaker, consultant, and writer with a focus on the oral microbiome's connection to systemic disease
Former Associate Professor at NYU School of Dentistry and co-founder of the GLO GOOD Foundation
Former Chief Dental Officer at Quip and best selling author
Former Director of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Chicago Hospitals and team surgeon for the Chicago Blackhawks