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Is there a cure for oral thrush?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

The cure for oral thrush is antifungal medication. If you are otherwise healthy and your infection is minor, eating live-culture yogurt or taking acidophilus supplements can cure your infection. If you have a compromised immune system or if your infection spreads, your condition is still curable, but the treatment process may take longer and involve a wider range of medications.

Controlling candidiasis (or oral thrush) means focusing on preventing or controlling the condition that causes the outbreak. Good oral hygiene is essential.

Oral thrush can be common in denture wearers. Clean your dentures well to remove Candida and remove them at bedtime.

If the cause is dry mouth saliva substitutes and prescription medications may be helpful. Your dentist can help in suggesting treatments for dry mouth by determining the cause of the problem.

Oral thrush can also flourish after antibiotic treatment, which can decrease normal bacteria in the mouth. You may ask about other treatments, which would avoid this problem.
If you're healthy, oral thrush, also called candidiasis, a yeast infection of the mouth, often goes away by itself. If your immune system isn't working well (you have cancer, for example) you can experience a recurrence of these velvety white patches on your tongue, inside your cheeks, on your gums and other parts of your mouth than can be painful and bleed. Doctors often recommend eating plain yogurt or taking acidophilus capsules (probiotics) to help the healing process. In severe cases, your doctor may prescribe an antifungal drug.

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