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Had teeth removed due to aortic stenosis and open heart surgery. Have mouth pain with thrush and infection

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In 1999 my mother had to have her teeth removed because she was found to have severe aortic stenosis and would require open heart surgery. Every since this time she has suffered severe mouth pain and burning with occasions of thrush and like infections. She has tired several different dentist to find a well fitting set of dentures but to no success. She is in constant pain and has difficulty eating. What type of doctor should she seek for help in this matter.
Posted Sun, 13 Oct 2013 in Dental Health
Answered by Dr. Qazi Ammara 50 minutes later
Brief Answer:
This could be due to prolonged use of antibiotics.

Detailed Answer:
Hello there,

Welcome to the forum,

Prolonged use of certain antibiotics, corticosteroids can lead to the development of recurrent Oral Thrush.
Antihypertensive can be rarely or indirectly be associated with oral thrush, decreased salivary secretion, mouth dryness and XEROSTOMIA which makes the mouth suseptible to many kind of infection like bacterial and fungal.

Consult the treating Doctor for detailed clinical examination. If the patient is suffering from xerostomia, you can discuss with your PHYSICIAN and talk him about drug induced xerostomia and thereby Oral thrush.

Tiredeness and weakness is due to difficulty in eating, give her semisolid diet, juices , soups. Consult to an PROSTHODONTIST , go for a thorough clinical examination and take a second opinion regarding the ill fitting dentures, once the infection in her mouth is reduced she can get a set of well fitting dentures.

The following are few simple treatment for oral thrush which you can follow at home;
-You can do symptomatic treatment at home by regular mouth rinsing with
antiseptic mouthwash like betadine or chlorhexidne or simply lukewarm
saline water.
-Maintain a good oral hygiene, drink plenty of water to keep her hydrated.
-Avoid alcohol, carbonated drinks and smoking as it may worsen the condition.

Hope you find this information as helpful, if you have future question i will be happy to answer.

Wishing your MOM healthy recovery and good health!

Dr Ammara Qazi.

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