I have a slightly loose lower molar which is not painful but affects the bite and seems to have abraded the edge of my tongue. My dentist recently performed de-scaling and deep cleaning and suggested leaving it for a few months in anticipation that healing would tighten it up again. He advised me to use corsodyl for 2 weeks, in addition to my usual brushing (oral b 9000, bicarb paste) and flossing (waterpik) regime.
A few days later, whilst on holiday in Wales, I was unable to obtain corsodyl so I tried listerine cool mint instead. This produced an uncomfortable burning sensation, followed by change of taste and an astringent-like sensation when tasting wine, fruits or cheeses, coupled with a dry-mouth feeling despite normal saliva flows. I stopped using the listerine after 2 days but the uncomfortable sensation remained. Two days later my tongue showed white spots, particularly adjacent to the loose molar and a local pharmacist diagnosed oral thrush. After 5 days of daktarin oral gel there was no significant improvement and so I visited a dentist, who confirmed thrush and prescribed Nistan. I have almost completed a 7-day course and although there has been some improvement I am still not symptom-free. I shall, of course, visit my own dentist or GP after this vacation, but is it likely that the loose molar is acting like an ill-fitting denture and initiating/prolonging the thrush? Am I not diabetic, have not taken antibiotics or any other medication and (as far as I know) am not immuno-suppressed, being generally in good health with fast-healing wounds. Thank you in anticipation of your kind advice.
Dr Mark Hughes
Harley Street Dental Studio
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