Home Remedies for an Oral Yeast Infection

Oral yeast infections, also called thrush, are common in children and adults. They most commonly occur in babies, people with uncontrolled diabetes, people with compromised immune systems and those taking certain medications. Smokers are also more likely to get thrush. Mild cases of the infection usually go away on their own, but if the infection persists, seek treatment. Home remedies are an effective way to get thrush under control for most healthy people, according to the Mayo Clinic. Many treatments require items you probably already have at home.

Foods with Live Cultures

Yeast infections occur when the natural balance of yeast and bacteria in our bodies shifts in favor of an overgrowth of yeast. Adding bacteria back to the mix, according to the National Institutes of Health, can help restore balance. Foods with live cultures, such as yogurt containing acidophilus, can help. Acidophilus is also available over the counter in tablet form.

Acidic Foods

According to the Consumer Guide to Dentistry, acidic foods including citrus fruits can help control and cure mild cases of thrush. Eat citrus fruits or drink fresh citrus juices several times per day. The acidity of these foods helps tame the yeast overgrowth and restore balance to your mouth. Apple cider vinegar is also a highly acidic food often used in natural remedies. To use it for thrust, gargle with a half apple cider vinegar, half water solution several times per day.


According to the National Institutes of Health, hydrogen peroxide is an effective oral yeast infection treatment. Use a soft toothbrush (separate it from the toothbrush you use for everyday oral hygiene) and dip it in a 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution. Gently brush the peroxide over the lesions and infected, irritated areas. Use this treatment several times per day until the infection clears.

Salt Water

The Mayo Clinic indicates that salt water rinses help treat thrush. To use this treatment, add 1/2 tsp. salt into 1 cup warm water. Stir until all of the salt is dissolved, then gargle and swish the solution around in your mouth. Because this solution is high in sodium, don’t swallow it. Spit after each swish. Use this rinse several times per day until symptoms subside.

About this Author

Lillian Downey has a diverse background, including studies in English, social work, women’s studies, nonprofit management, political science and nursing. She’s worked as an intern sex-educator, clinic manager and mental health professional. She is currently studying to be a birth doula and childbirth educator. She served as editor-in-chief of “Nexus Journal of Literature and Art” and an assistant fiction editor at the “Antioch Review.”