Although a lot of focus remains on vaginal yeast infections, otherwise known as vaginal thrush, in women, another common problem arising from yeast overgrowth is that of Oral Thrush. Here I offer 10 ways to rid yourself of this troublesome problem, but would also recommend that you supplement with Canxida Remove during the program to speed recovery. (Please note: it should not be given to babies or children)
Oral Thrush or oral Candidiasis can occur not only in adults but also in children and babies. It is usually identifiable by a white coating which can cover the tongue and other areas of the mouth. Often you are able to wipe away this coating but it leaves behind reddened and sore areas which may sometimes bleed. Although it is not contagious it is, like other forms of yeast overgrowth, sometimes difficult to remove and will often recur. With that in mind here are my top tips for preventing and removing oral yeast infections:
1. Oral Hygiene.
Perform a good, regular oral hygiene routine. Candida loves sugars and leaving them behind in the mouth is simply giving the yeasts a place to breed. By practicing good oral hygiene you are, at the very least, reducing the chance of developing an oral infection. Rinse your mouth with clean water prior to brushing and then, using a toothpaste which contains tea tree oil brush for 2 minutes. Don’t forget to scrub the tongue gently. Remember to floss, particularly after meals and use an herbal mouthwash if possible.
Change your toothbrush regularly and also remember to clean the one you have in use. Dipping the head of your toothbrush in a dilute solution of hydrogen peroxide for a few seconds before and after use will eliminate lingering bacteria and help prevent recurring infection.
2. Denture Wearers
People who wear dentures are particularly susceptible to oral yeast infections. This is because dentures carry bacteria which can sometimes be particularly troublesome to remove. It is often found that denture wearers have ulcers or swellings particularly on the upper section of the gums and these can be further irritated by the dentures. Make sure that your dentures fit properly. Also ensure that you include tea tree oil in your denture cleansing routine by using a toothpaste incorporating this antifungal herb. If you have any digestive issues then consider that you might have a Candida overgrowth in your digestive tract and follow my Candida Crusher Program.
3. Build Your Immune System
One of the main ways you can prevent a yeast overgrowth or push an existing one into remission is to give your immune system more strength to fight it. There are many conditions which are recognized as resulting in immune deficiency, such as diabetes, HIV, thyroid dysfunction and adrenal fatigue, but stress, either emotional or physical can also deplete the immune response.
An initial tactic to strengthening your immune function is by increasing your daily intake of vitamin C. Remember though that ascorbic acid is the synthetic version of this vitamin and it is not as effective metabolically.
Because people with reduced immune functions often find it more difficult to rid themselves of a Candida infection than those people with a strong immune system, I do recommend reading the chapter of my Candida Crusher book which refers to this issue specifically.
4. Treat Oral Yeast Infections Locally
The good news, at least for those who like yogurt, is that mouth and throat infections can be treated directly. This is usually done with a good quality (natural and organic) sugar free yogurt. Yogurt contains the good bacteria necessary to overwhelm the pathogenic or bad yeasts. Simply place a spoonful in your mouth and leave it there for 5 minutes before swallowing. You can do this several times a day and it will certainly increase the number of good bacteria and give more power to your natural immunity.
5. Treat Yeast Infections Systemically
What I mean by this is that some oral yeast infections, particularly those which are of a long-standing or recurring nature, need to be treated by amending lifestyle and diet. This is due to the fact that you may not only have a yeast infection in your mouth and throat but also in your digestive tract. Often this means that yeast infections will be self-perpetuating and cannot be eliminated by oral treatments alone.
6. Tea Tree Oil Mouthwash
Mouthwashes are an important dental hygiene routine for many people but it is just as important that you are using something which is effective rather than one which makes your breath smell fresh. Tea tree oil is a very potent yet natural antifungal and it can perform as an excellent mouthwash. Simply add 5 drops of water soluble tea tree oil to 2 table spoons of water and rinse around the mouth before spitting out the solution. The same recipe can be used as a gargle if you have a throat infection.
Practice this for 3 times per day while you have the infection.
If you want to keep those bacteria at bay you can also purchase tea tree oil lozenges which provide protection during the times you are unable to use the mouthwash.
7. Hot and Spicy Food
Although you probably won’t need reminding, because hot and spicy foods will inflame and irritate oral thrush, try to avoid them during the duration you are infected. Because the lining of the mouth, throat and tongue is often damaged, such foods only serve to irritate these areas and keep them open to infection.
8. Treat Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies
Vitamin and mineral deficiencies are renown for resulting in reduce immune responses so it is imperative that you get these checked out. The two main offenders are zinc and iron and often I find that patients suffering from oral thrush will also be deplete in these two essential nutrients. My findings are no different to worldwide authorities who suggest that up to 30% of people may be deficient or depleted.
You can supplement with multivitamins, however often, in people who suffer from malabsorption issues, these supplements are based on RDAs which is insufficient to overcome such issues. In these cases it is best if you supplement with individual nutrients that you know you are deficient in.
Many people today have low levels of iron in their system and this can result in numerous problems. A lack of iron in the diet, or being unable to metabolize it, can result in wounds and injuries healing more slowly. Often sores and cracking will appear at the corner of the mouth. This is known as angular cheilitis or angular stomatitis and is often an early indicator not only of iron deficiency but also Candidiasis.
If you can get a blood test done which is specific for iron deficiency. Often doctors are reluctant to do this is base line blood tests are normal, however a B12 deficiency existing with an iron deficiency will result in normal base line assays. This is why it is important to go on symptoms and a test which is specific for iron rather than simply a base line test. Also many clinicians will offer a ferritin test rather than iron. Again this is problematic because ferritin is what is known as an acute phase reactant. This means it can throw a false normal result when a patient is suffering from stress or anxiety.
A specific iron test is always best.
Zinc is another extremely common deficiency and again it can result in poor wound healing and ulceration. The easiest test to have done is the Zinc Taste Test which will provide you with a quick and accurate zinc level assessment. If your clinician is not available to do this then a naturopath should be able to help.
9. Zinc and Vitamin C Lozenges
A simple solution around zinc and vitamin C deficiencies is provided in a lozenge. Not only will they help with resolving oral thrush but they can also be very beneficial when it comes to mouth ulcers or cold sores, a sore throat, poor immune function and colds and flu in general. When you are feeling a little under the weather then sucking two or three of these lozenges a day can really help boost your immune function and help your body fight the disease.
10. Steroids, Asthma and Antibiotics
One of the biggest causes of oral yeast infections are steroidal drugs and asthma treatments. If you are asthmatic and have regular throat or mouth infections then, because the drug is necessary, it is essential that you are tested to make sure you have no other deficiencies which can be weakening your immune system. Today doctors often recognize that these drugs can be a problem and that they are linked to oral thrush and other infections so be sure to discuss the problem with your clinician.
Unfortunately the other side of the coin is that many people with such infections will also be prescribed antibiotics – which are a common cause of oral thrush but which most doctors are not particularly conversant with. Again this problem should be discussed with your clinician and the alternatives investigated. Often antibiotics are simply not needed or other natural remedies can be considered.
My Canxida Remove provides natural support for those looking for extra assistance in ridding themselves of oral thrush or candida.