Oral ThrushOral thrush is an infection of the lining of the mouth or tongue, which is caused by the yeast Candida. Oral thrush is characterized by white lesions in the mouth or on the tongue. The lesions can be painful and they can bleed a little if you irritate them. You may also lose the sense of taste. Oral thrush is not considered to be a serious condition, but in people who have weak immune system, the symptoms can be more bothersome or severe. It is the most common in infants and in people who wear dentures. You are at greater risk of oral thrush if you smoke, if your mouth is dry, if you take some medications, or if you have anemia or diabetes.
TreatmentIf you are breastfeeding a baby infected with oral thrush, both of you will have to receive some kind of treatment. Certain antifungal medications will be given for the baby and you would have to treat breasts with an antifungal cream. You should also keep the baby’s bottle and pacifiers clean. If you are an adult, you can use antifungal medications in a form of liquid or pastilles. You can also rinse your mouth with a diluted solution of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide.
Natural RemediesThe best natural remedy for oral thrush is garlic. It has antifungal properties which can help you get rid of the infection. Onions can also be helpful in destroying the fungus. Unsweetened yogurt with live cultures will increase the amount of healthy bacteria in your mouth. You can also buy some Gentian violet dye, dip a cotton swab in it and treat the white lesions in your mouth. The simplest remedy for oral thrush is salted water. Rinse your mouth with salt water several times a day.
PreventionIn order to prevent the spreading or outbreak of the infection, you should replace your toothbrush on regular bases. Also keep your teeth and gums healthy, floss regularly and visit your dentist, especially if you wear dentures. Excessive usage of mouthwashes can disturb the healthy bacteria in your mouth. You should quit smoking because smokers are more prone to mouth infections. Include yogurt in your diet and avoid eating too much sugar or bread, and drinking wine or beer because they will promote the growth of bacteria. You should be careful with antibiotics since they can cause oral thrush. If you are breastfeeding, keep proper care of the bottles and pacifiers and your nipples.