How can thrush be prevented?

You can do these things to help you avoid a case of thrush:

  • Follow good oral hygiene practices: Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day.
  • Avoid certain mouthwashes or sprays: These products can destroy the normal balance of microorganisms in your mouth. Talk to your dentist or doctor about which ones are safe to use.
  • See your dentist regularly: This is especially important if you have diabetes or wear dentures.
  • Limit the amount of sugar and yeast-containing foods you eat: Foods such as bread, beer and wine encourage Candida growth.
  • If you smoke, QUIT! Ask your doctor about ways to help you kick the habit.

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