Oral Candida causes creamy white patches in your mouth, tongue and throat. These lesions are raised and appear in streaks becoming painful and raw. They make eating and swallowing difficult. It can even cause cracks at the corners of the lips. Also known as oral thrush, oral Candida is most common in people with compromised immune systems. Thrush can also occur in newborns, in people with dentures, and in those who use inhaled corticosteroids. Candida overgrowth can also spread to your esophagus where it can cause pain and difficulty swallowing.

What Is Oral Candidiasis?

Belonging to a family of yeast called Candida albicans, the culprit fungus is normally a harmless part of our body. However, Candida cells grow rapidly and over consumption of processed foods and sugar, certain prescription drugs that cause dry mouth and illnesses such as diabetes can easily usher in yeast overgrowth. The body has a natural controlling mechanism – the immune system – that, in most cases, prevents Candidiasis from happening in the first place. Good flora refers to a collection of microorganisms that live in the body and whose job it is to control other organisms from spreading. When the good flora is unable to control Candida fungus, a yeast infection develops. What prevents the good flora from controlling the fungus? – A weakened immune system. The immune system becomes weak by internal and external factors such as:

  • Taking cortisone medication
  • Chronic illness
  • A course of antibiotics – especially when taken for lengthy periods 
  • Digestive medications which reduce the acidity of the stomach
  • Oral contraceptives or HRT
  • A diet lacking soluble fibre and high in refined starches and sugar

Antiobotics – A Necessary Evil

Antibiotics are intended to kill harmful bacteria but they actually can't tell the difference. So they end up killing helpful bacteria as well – which has disastrous effects on the balance that your digestive system needs. The bad news is that now those microbes have become resistant to the common drugs and are harder to treat in the future. 

For Quick Relief of Oral Candidiasis

  • Chew a garlic clove moving it around your mouth
  • Simmer garlic cloves in a cup of water, strain, cool the liquid and gargle with it
  • Cut raw ginger into pieces and simmer in two cups of water over low heat for fifteen minutes. Gargle with the cooled liquid and swish around your mouth
  • Gargle with tea tree oil in a glass of cold water but do not swallow
  • Hold a teaspoon of plain yogurt in your mouth for a minute then swallow
  • Drink mint tea or chew a mint leaf after eating

Next Steps

  • Buy a new toothbrush and a natural toothpaste containing baking soda
  • Eat the best diet – one that is rich in meats, chicken, eggs, vegetables, nuts and seeds, and healthy oils – eliminate sugars and carbohydrate-rich foods
  • Exercise regularly
  • Increase probiotics – the good bacteria – to help control the proliferation of Candida
  • Where possible avoid certain medications – antibiotics, corticosteroids, and birth control pills
  • Avoid exposure to chemicals

While Getting The Candida Under Control

Because yeast multiplies so quickly it’s necessary to restrict not only sugar and refined carbs in your diet but also all yeast and mold containing foods including:

  • Alcohol
  • Vinegar and vinegar-containing foods like mustard and salad dressing
  • Breads
  • Carrots, potatoes and beets – the high-sugar veggies
  • Fruits – high in sugar
  • Peanuts and corn which often contain mold
  • Mushrooms (fungus)
  • Aged cheeses

Getting To The Root Cause

These remedies kill off the fungal spores they come in contact with but they don't tackle the underlying problem. The result is that there is temporary relief and that is good but it's not long before more yeast fungus takes over and your oral yeast infection returns. This is why it is crucial to keep your immune system healthy. Once your immune system is strong it automatically keeps the Candida fungus under control. With a well-balanced immune system oral Candidiasis is held naturally in check.