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How do I manage my oral thrush on a daily basis?

ANSWER If you have oral thrush, good dental hygiene can help your infection heal. Brush your teeth twice daily and floss once daily. Replace your toothbrush often, but do not use mouthwash. Instead of mouthwash, use saltwater as an oral rinse. If you are a breast-feeding mother, nursing pads can help keep the oral thrush fungus from getting onto your clothes, where it can remain and re-infect you.

There are several ways to help manage your oral thrush (also known as oral candidiasis, an overgrowth of the Candida albicans fungus in your mouth). If you are generally healthy and have gotten thrush after taking antibiotics, eating yogurt with live active bacteria cultures may help restore the normal balance of bacteria in your mouth and get rid of the thrush.

Over-the-counter acidophilus pills may also work. Other things you may try include rinsing several times a day with a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution that's been diluted. using a soft toothbrush to minimize irritation and pain, rinsing with warm saltwater, and taking good care of your mouth by brushing at least twice a day and flossing every day.

If you have diabetes, maintaining good control of your blood sugar levels is a great way to deal with thrush on a daily basis. Without a lot of sugar to feed off of, the Candida will be less likely to thrive in your mouth. If your immune system is weak, daily management of thrush may involve using antifungal lozenges or mouthwashes. In severe cases, your doctor may want you to take oral antifungal medication. 
If you have oral thrush, the best method for controlling it is by speaking with your dentist. It is necessary to determine the cause of oral thrush to be able to manage the problem. There can be several causes.

For denture wearers, you should remove your dentures at nighttime and thoroughly clean them daily. Depending upon the medications you may be taken, oral thrush can thrive. Speak with your dentist or doctor about these medications and possible alternatives. If the cause is dry mouth, there are saliva substitutes that you can use daily or regularly.

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