Oral thrush is very uncomfortable white rush in the mouth. It is caused by candida fungus, that normally lives in your mouth, digestive tract, and skin. It’s supposed to be there, and it’s usually kept under control by the other bacteria in your body.
But sometimes, certain illnesses or medications, like corticosteroids or antibiotics, can disturb the balance. This can cause the fungus to grow out of control. That’s when you get thrush.
How to Prevent Thrush?
- Practice good oral hygiene. Listen to your dentist: brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day.
- Get regular dental checkups. Especially if you have diabetes or wear dentures. Even if you’re healthy and don’t have dental issues, you should get your teeth cleaned by your dentist every 6 months.
- Treat chronic health issues. A condition such as HIV or diabetes can disturb the balance of bacteria in your body and lead to thrush. If you’re taking medications for an ongoing health condition, take them regularly, as directed.
- Don’t overuse mouthwashes or sprays. Rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash once or twice a day to help keep your teeth and gums healthy. Using any more than that may upset the normal balance of bacteria in your mouth.
- Clean inhalers after using them. If you have a condition like asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), clean your inhalers after each use to kill germs.
- Limit foods that contain sugar and yeast. Bread, beer, and wine will cause extra yeast growth.
- If you smoke, quit. Ask your doctor or dentist about ways to help you kick the habit.