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5 Tips on How to Prevent Candida in the Mouth

Candida usually can be controlled by the good bacteria in our organisms and by our immune system. If you take antibiotics or certain medications, your good bacteria become weaker and lost their ability to resist yeast and bad bacteria.

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This gives the yeast the ability to grow and cause quite unpleasant symptoms in the body, including the mouth. An immune system weakened by the illness makes the mouth more prone to candida, compared with people who have a healthy immune system.

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Who at the Risk of Getting Candidiasis in the Mouth or Throat?

Oral thrush is uncommon in healthy adults. In the risk group for getting candidiasis in the mouth are babies younger than the age of 1 month and people who have at least one of the following factors:

  • Wear dentures
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Antibiotics or corticosteroids use, including inhaled ones
  • Use of medications that cause dry mouth
  • Smoking

Weakened immunity is the main predisposition factor to get candida. This may be people who have blood cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma or are HIV/AIDS positive. People who get oral thrush often have vaginal candidiasis.

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Symptoms

Oral thrush may have a lot of different symptoms which include:

  • White spots on the roof of the mouth, tongue, inner cheeks, and throat
  • Redness or soreness
  • A cottony feeling in the mouth
  • Loss of taste
  • Pain when eating or swallowing
  • Cracks and redness at the mouth corners

Thrush in the throat also includes pain when swallowing and difficulty swallowing.

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Ways to Prevent Candida in the Mouth

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Healthy diet

It’s necessary to avoid eating products high in refined carbohydrates and sugar as well as alcohol. It is worth starting with eliminating sugar because that’s what most causes yeast to grow. Reduce the number of fruit, grains, beans, bread, pasta, and potatoes in your diet because these complex carbs also create a favorable condition for the yeast.

The main goal of the healthy anti-candida diet is to create an environment where candida cannot grow. Such products as organic chicken, turkey, wild salmon, and green vegetables are great sources of essential for our body nutrients that don’t feed yeasts.

It is also worth adding to your diet raw garlic and onions. Try to eliminate all fermented foods like pickles, sauerkraut, and kombucha as bad bacteria like these foods as well.

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Oil pulling

Rinsing your mouth with organic coconut oil twice a day is a great way to help remove bacteria that may be the cause of thrush in your mouth. Coconut oil has an anti-microbial property and may help to get rid of some yeast in your mouth. After you are done rinsing your mouth spit the oil out in the trash but not the sink.

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Drugs

Antibiotics, oral contraceptives or steroids are common causes of candida in many people. These medicines destroy the good microflora in our bodies so the bad bacterias and yeasts gain the upper hand. In order to avoid thrush ask your doctor about options that can help you replenish good microflora in the gut and get rid of yeasts.

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Follow good oral hygiene

One of the essential things in the prevention of oral thrush is proper oral hygiene. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once a day. You should also avoid certain sprays or mouthwashes as these products can destroy the microflora of your mouth. Ask your family dentist or doctor to recommend ones that are safe to use. It is especially important to visit the dentist’s office regularly if you wear dentures or have diabetes.

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If you smoke, QUIT!

Smoking is the worst thing you can do for your organism and general health. Tobacco use damages gums and mucous membranes in the oral cavity which makes it easier for fungus to spread in your mouth. Ask your doctor about ways to help you kick the habit.