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How can thrush be prevented?

Oral thrush (candidiasis) can usually be prevented with some simple steps:

  • Practice good oral hygiene, including brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, and using an antiseptic mouthwash.
  • Replace your toothbrush often, especially if you've already had a thrush infection.
  • If you use inhaled steroids, rinse your mouth with water or brush your teeth after taking a dose.
  • If you have diabetes, keeping your blood sugar under control may help prevent thrush.
  • If you wear dentures, clean them well every night.
Oral thrush can best be prevented by practicing good oral hygiene. In particular, denture wearers experience this problem, which can be prevented by cleaning the dentures well and removing at bedtime. If dry mouth is the cause of oral thrush, then saliva substitutes can help to treat or prevent the problem.

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