The Best Way to Treat Oral Thrush


Disclaimer: This post is not intended to be medical advice. Always consult your doctor or dentist if you have a medical concern. This blog post is not intended to diagnose or offer treatment for any illness or condition, including the subject matter.

Oral thrush is a kind of yeast infection in the mouth that develops due to uncontrolled growth of Candida albicans fungus. It can affect almost anyone from adults to newborn babies. People who are diabetics, ingest certain medications, or have weak immune systems are usually more prone to develop oral thrush. Though it is possible to cure oral thrush with home remedies, sometimes it is extremely severe and demands proper medical attention. Here are some recommendations:

Mouth Rinses
Mouth rinses containing hydrogen peroxide can kill off bacteria that originate oral thrush. According to multiple medical researches, apple cider vinegar can also effectively treat oral thrush. It has certain natural enzymes that normalize the extent of candida fungus in the body. It also maintains the body at its normal pH level to fight against the extensive growth of candida bacteria. The odor and taste of apple cider vinegar is pretty strong for which most people prefer to dilute it in water.

Plain Yogurt
Eating unsweetened or plain yogurt is a helpful treatment for oral thrush. Yogurt, in its natural form, contains active enzymes that help to restore a healthy pH level in the body. It promotes normal growth and development of bacteria in the mouth. Though unsweetened yogurt may not treat oral thrush among adults, it may support the growth of healthy bacteria in your body to kill off the infectious bacteria.

Oral Hygiene
Practicing proper oral hygiene is extremely important to fight against different mouth infections. Make sure to regularly brush and floss your teeth. With reduced bacteria and lesser residual food fragments in your mouth, you are likely to avoid such mouth conditions as oral thrush.

Herbal Treatments
There are various herbal supplements that have antifungal characteristics. A mouthwash incorporating tea tree oil can effectively treat oral thrush. However, swallowing tea tree oil should be avoided under all circumstances for its toxic nature. Some clinical studies also suggest that pomegranate gel is also able to treat oral thrush.

Another possible treatment of oral thrush involves probiotics that help to strengthen useful bacteria in the body. Some clinical studies suggest that instead of killing Candida albicans fungus, probiotics enable the body to repair its defensive mechanisms. They make the body naturally destroy the overgrown bacteria.

Prescription Antifungal Medications
Often prescribed to treat oral thrush, antifungal medications are usually taken for a period of two weeks. These medications are available in different forms including creams, gels, rinses, tablets, powders, and lozenges. Your oral health expert employs an exclusive treatment technique according to your age and medical conditions. Since development of Candida albicans fungus can be a possible symptom of other underlying diseases, it is rather important to seek appropriate medical attention.

These medications are very effective for people with weak immune systems. However, they may not show much result for people with HIV/AIDS infection.

You may experience the following side effects of certain antifungal medications:

  • Headache
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Digestive disorders
  • Tummy pain

(Editor Note: Please note that the side effects from antifungals can be very challenging for some people and also have potential for liver damage. ~ FDG)

Oral thrush can be best prevented by maintaining a clean and hygienic mouth. Giving up habits like smoking and chewing tobacco can also prevent the overgrowth of bacteria in your mouth.

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Guest Author Bio:
Kevin Kerfoot writes about health, nutrition, oral hygiene and skin care for Trusted Health Products’ natural health blog and newsletter. Click here to learn more about oral thrush.

April 1, 2013
  1. fdguide said on April 1, 2013 12:28 pm:

    Thanks to Kevin for his guest post. We also want to point out that some people have had success with a “Candida diet” which simply works by eating foods that starve the Candida. You can learn more here

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