Have you ever got some whitish patches sticking inside of your mouth or on the tongue? These whitish patches are known as thrush which is a form of yeast infection. The yeast that is responsible for the thrush is known as Candida. The phenomenon is more pronounced in babies and older adults but it can affect the person at any age.

The babies develop thrush due to immature immune system which is not able to control the growth of yeast and in older adults, it generally happens due to weaken immune system. The thrush can be very troublesome condition but can be cured easily with home remedies and it is advised to treat thrush with alternative medicines rather than using chemicals or strong medicines.

Home remedies for Oral Thrush:

  1. To avoid thrush, you must practice oral hygiene. You should brush your teeth twice in a day and floss your mouth. Replace your toothbrush frequently as this infection is contagious.

  2. Salt water solution is very simple home remedy for oral thrush. Dissolve few grams of normal salt in a cup of warm water and gargle. Spit it out the content and follow this process 3-4 times in a day.
  3. You can make an effective anti-fungal mouth was at home by mixing cider vinegar and a pinch of salt in a cup of warm water. Use this mouthwash to swish in your mouth. Make sure that this mixture reaches all the corner of your mouth to avoid further re-growth of yeast.
  4. Garlic and onion contain natural anti-fungal properties. Eating garlic or onion helps in killing the Candida spread in your mouth. Regular consumption of garlic prevents yeast infection.
  5. Breastfeeding mothers can pass thrush to their babies during breast feeding. Ensure proper hygiene near nipple area and look for any occurrence of redness or abnormality. Use of nursing pad helps in preventing the spread of yeast infection.
  6. Reduce the consumption of sugar as yeast organism survives on sugar. If you have oral thrush, you must stop consumption of sugary items.
  7. Avoid consumption of fermented foods like bread, wine or beer. It will help in preventing the growth of yeast infection.
  8. Coconut oil contains Caprylic acid which fights Candida naturally. You can take a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth, swish around and then spit it out to prevent oral thrush. Coconut oil can be applied over nipple area by breastfeeding mother to prevent spread of thrush to their babies.
  9. You can mix baking soda in a cup of warm water and then use a neat cotton ball to wipe inside of mouth and tongue to prevent oral thrush.
  10. Eating sugar free yogurt is an excellent remedy to prevent oral thrush.

These are some simple but effective home remedies that you can use to combat oral thrush.

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hold an engineering degree in chemical but his area of interest is blogging. Ramnivas authors the site personal-fitness.org where he writes about health and fitness related topics

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Posted on: 13.02.2013 00:32

It says eating garlic is good for oral thrush. Do I actually have to eat it or will taking a garlic capsule work so it is in my system?


Posted on: 13.02.2013 00:32

thanx for the really simple solution for a very painful problem, really painful..


Posted on: 13.02.2013 00:34

Is it necessary to see medical doctor for cure of oral thrush?


Posted on: 13.02.2013 00:35

There is no need to go for a medical doctor. You can try the home remedies in the article and see it helps you or not in curing the oral thrush. If it doesn't work for you, you can seek a doctor advice.


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Posted on: 24.08.2014 19:28

Does the remedy with the salt water solution work for oral thrush?


Posted on: 22.01.2015 18:42

I get thrush usually after a round of amoxicillin or a steroid pack. These drugs are super strong and tend to kill off the good germs in your mouth, when taken to kill or fight another issue. What I found to work very quickly and effectively.. Is a 50/50 mixture of warm water and hydrogen peroxide. Use it as a swish as well as a gargle. Yes, it is rough and may possibly cause gag, but I have found that to also be rather beneficial because it helps to bust up or remove some of the build up in the back of the throat. Do it multiple times using the entire cup, and do it multiple different times during the day. You will be pleasantly surprised how quickly and effectively this works. It soothes the pain as well as eliminating the yeast from tongue. I find this more effective than the prescription swish, as that takes a full 5 days to work. Again, I know it sounds and tastes horrifible, but it beats a prolonged time of suffering. Best of luck & blessings!


Posted on: 05.05.2015 14:21

How do I keep from reinfect ing myself? How do I soak my tooth brush?


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