Thrush is an infection by the candida fungus—otherwise known as yeast—which causes white raised patches in the mouth that can be painful. It can also be a source of foul breath. “We know that thrush develops with an increase in sugar in the mouth or an altered pH,” says Taz Bhatia, MD, an integrative health expert and the author of Super Woman RX. “Both these factors affect the bacterial load in the mouth, encouraging or discouraging yeast growth.” The infection most often occurs in babies, or in children or adults who are using antibiotics or have compromised immune systems.
Probiotics or yogurt
The beneficial bacteria in probiotics and yogurt can help heal thrush in mouth. “Probiotics or yogurt with active cultures may be helpful to restore the balance of good bacteria in the mouth,” says Carrie Brown, MD, a pediatrician at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas.