Oral thrush, also called candidiasis, is an overgrowth of fungus in your mouth. Oral thrush can result from a compromised immune system, prescription medications, poor oral hygiene, some medical procedures, sexual transmission or through transmission from a mother to her newborn. Several nonprescription treatments can treat thrush. They are intended for mild cases. You should see your doctor if the condition persists.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Make a mouth rinse by placing 1 tbsp. of organic or unfiltered apple cider vinegar in 1 cup of warm water. Rinse your mouth four times a day. You can also drink an 8-oz. glass of this solution once a day. Apple cider vinegar works it contains natural enzymes that can control the presence of candida in the body. It helps supports the growth of healthy bacteria, which counters the overgrowth of candida.
A solution of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide is another alternative. Swish it in your mouth for 30 seconds several times a day until your symptoms subside.
Dissolve 1/2 tsp. of salt in 1 cup of warm water. Swish this rinse in your mouth and then spit it out. Do this several times a day until your symptoms subside.
Baking Soda Rinse
Rinsing your mouth with a solution of 1 tsp. of baking soda dissolved in 1 cup of warm water also works for mild cases of thrush. Swish the solution in your mouth three times a day. Then decrease treatment to once a day until your symptoms are gone. You also can try brushing your teeth with baking soda once a day, along with rinsing your mouth. Baking soda helps maintain a normal pH in your mouth.
Healthy adults with oral thrush may be able to manage the infection by taking acidophilus capsules or liquid found at a pharmacy or natural food store. Acidophilus does not destroy the fungus, but it can help restore the normal bacterial flora in your mouth and in the rest of your body.
Prepared Oral Rinse
Using an over-the-counter oral rinse made with a concentrate of stannous fluoride is an effective treatment for mild oral thrush. It is alcohol free and works for eight hours.
For the first three days, rinse three times a day--in the morning, afternoon and evening. For the next three days, rinse two times a day--in the morning and evening. For the next five days, rinse once daily just before you go to bed. Swish the rinse over all the surfaces in your mouth, making sure to make contact with your teeth, gums, tongue and palette for one minute. Do not eat or drink for at least 15 minutes after rinsing.
Use an oral spray to lubricate you mouth when you have oral thrush. People who have thrush often have a dry mouth. Several over-the-counter are available. The oral spray is made from dimethicone and poloxamer 407 silicones and the extract of Spilanthes, a natural herb that enhances saliva flow. The spray also relieves burning, and is alcohol free. Use it throughout the day as needed by applying three or four sprays to your tongue. Then swish your tongue over your teeth, gums and other surfaces in your mouth.
Sugar-free lozenges help keep your mouth moist when you have oral thrush. Sugar promotes the growth of thrush.
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