Candida & Thrush

4 Steps to Cure Candida in the Mouth

This is Amie's experience suffering from candida in the mouth (oral thrush) and the four steps she learned that enabled her to cure herself completely.

by Dr. Burhenne

4 Steps to Cure Candida in the Mouth

Today, I’m proud to have Amie Valpone share her advice and experience with a very important and often forgotten health concern: candida in the mouth (oral thrush).

I like Amie’s article because it shows that there is a place for oil pulling. Oil pulling is not the miracle cure for gum disease and cancer that some say it is — but it is great at balancing the microbiome in the mouth, as Amie shows us.

Amie’s advice is fantastic, and many dentists don’t even discuss this. Many mouthwashes and toothpastes recommended by dentists actually harm the microbiome, upsetting the delicate balance of bacteria in the mouth and allowing for candida overgrowth to occur.

If you have questions about this article or anything related to candida in the mouth, please leave a comment below for Amie. She has helped a tremendous amount of people reclaim their health through clean eating and an anti-inflammatory diet.

— Dr. B


Rather than enjoying the energy and passion of my twenties, which were supposed to be the “best years of my life,” I suffered through a decade of chronic illness.

It began as severe leg swelling and chronic pain on a daily basis. By mid-afternoon, it would feel like I was carrying around bricks of water in my legs. I was plagued with digestive issues that left me feeling sick, lethargic, and just plain gross. All of this was my starting place before embarking on my detox journey, which led me to feel younger and more energetic than I had felt in over a decade.


Candida overgrowth is a growing problem in our society due to the overuse of antibiotics, nutrient void foods, stress, and yeast-containing foods.

Candida overgrowth releases over 79 different toxins in your body. It can start to affect other areas of your body and contribute to brain fog, muscle pain, weight gain, joint pain, etc.

candida in the mouth
Oral thrush, or candida in the mouth, looks like a white or yellowish coating on the tongue

Oral thrush looks like a white coating on the tongue. You might see creamy white, slightly raised bumps on your tongue, the roof of your mouth, inner cheeks, gums, tonsils, or back of your throat. This white coating may have a “cottage cheese” appearance.

Western medicine doctors tend to not understand candida unless you have candida in your blood, which is deadly, so I have had to figure out and navigate myself through the trenches of chronic candida.

Now, I am just coming out of a long journey to finally kill off all of the candida that has caused numerous problems in my body from stomach issues to elevated liver enzymes, muscle pain, and brain fog.

I recently experienced candida overgrowth in my mouth (called oral thrush), and I’ve been eager to share a few of the steps I took to help rid my body of candida, in hopes that this information can help you.

It is so important to address the underlying problems of why candida is in your mouth (and body) in the first place instead of just covering up the symptoms. When you start working with an integrative doctor to address the candida treatment for your gut, it’s important to not overlook treatment for your mouth as well. The mouth is another breeding area for the yeast. The goal of candida treatment is to introduce foods and antifungals that will help prevent candida from becoming a systemic issue throughout your entire body.


Following these steps can help improve your overall health, especially Candida in your mouth.

1. Start a round of antifungals to help kill off the yeast.

This must be done with the guidance of your doctor, but you can start doing something called oil pulling with the liquid antifungals, which will help kill the yeast in your mouth.

You can oil pull with extra-virgin coconut oil combined with a few drops of oil of oregano or peppermint/spearmint essential oils. Swish this mixture around in your mouth like you would do with mouthwash and then spit it out into the trash (do not swallow it and do not spit it into your sink).

Try to do this at least two times each day, preferably in the morning and evening. The reason I use coconut oil is because it contains caprylic acid, which is a powerful antifungal. When you combine the coconut oil with other antifungals (such as oil of oregano) you’ll be doubling up on anti-yeast agents to help kill off the yeast so that you have a better chance of getting rid of the candida. For more details, check out the oil pulling page on my blog.

2. Take high-quality probiotics.

I take anywhere from 25-100 billion units of probiotics on a regular basis to help reduce my candida levels and to restore good bacteria.

I love the Udo’s Choice brand of probiotics by Flora Health because they are powerful and strong probiotics that have helped me tremendously. You can take the probiotics with food and the antifungals on an empty stomach so that they do not cross paths. Again, be sure to work with a doctor before starting any treatments because everyone (and everyone’s body) is different.

3. Start an anti-candida diet.

It’s important to focus on high-quality organic green vegetables, coconut oil, raw nuts, raw seeds, organic chicken, eggs, and turkey because these are foods that will starve the yeast in your body.

I’d also advise you to avoid coffee, wine, vinegar, and sugar, along with anything that contains yeast. It’s also very important to learn how to heal your gut by eliminating foods that can negatively affect your gut such as gluten, dairy, soy, fried foods, and processed foods. You can experiment with each of these food groups to see which, if any, are causing you trouble. See my candida page for more details.

4. Talk to your doctor about alternatives to oral contraceptives, antibiotics, and/or steroids.

These drugs can destroy the good bacteria that prevent Candida from reproducing out of control in your body.

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  1. My dentist recommended toothpaste, mints, and mouthwash with xylitol. They have improved the presence of plaque on my teeth. But then I got an unexplained episode of oral thrush. I don’t have diabetes, cancer, or AIDS. Do you think there could be a connection to the xylitol?

    • I get bacteria if I don’t stay on top of brushing it twice a day. If I’m traveling or something and don’t have time to brush one day it starts to build up. If it’s bacteria then keeping your mouth clean and gently brushing the tongue when you brush your teeth can help. Don’t roughly brush it or you can damage the taste buds and then it can infect those. Starving it works best while doing this, by not eating foods high in sugar since the bacteria thrives on that.

  2. Excellent blog! Do you have any recommendations for aspiring writers? I’m planning to start my own blog soon but I’m a little lost on everything. Would you recommend starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many options out there that I’m completely overwhelmed .. Any ideas? Appreciate it!

  3. Hi there!

    I have been battling oral thrush since June 2015. Since then, I have completely changed my diet and I drink a gallon of distilled water a day. The thrush just seems to keep coming back. I began my rotation of anti-fungals 2 weeks ago and do coffee/distilled water enemas to help pass the parasites/fungus which I have seen proof that it’s working to get rid of them. I started doing oil pulling with oregano oil consistently for the last 5 days and I think I’m experiencing a healing crisis where the thrush is getting worse temporarily. My question is, how long does it take to completely kill off the oral thrush using oil pulling?

  4. Hello,
    I have been having mouth issues for some time now. I had a root canal done May/June of 2015 that never took, so I had to get the tooth removed. It was removed in October and it took some time to heal. My mouth has not felt right since. In September, before the tooth was removed, I was diagnosed with oral thrush. Treated it but my mouth still feels raw and cut up. I also have stomach and bowel issues and Epstein’s Barr. Do you think I could have an overgrowth of Candida? I’m very frustrated and would appreciate your input.

    • Sharon,

      While oral thrush is the pitts, there may be other things to consider. For instance, cotton seed oil is now in potato chips, donuts, breads, peanut butter….

      My mouth displays symptoms of thrush for around 1 week after I accidentally ingest cotton seed oil. My mouth literally starts reacting after the chew of the first chip. I am so glad I was paying attention while I was eating. I noticed the same reaction while eating a donut. A few weeks later I was in grocery store & was about to buy donuts. I read the ingredient panel and there it was, “Cotton Seed Oil”. The donut treat wasn’t worth oral thrush.

    • Make sure you do not have candida overgrowth in your gut. Extra virgin coconut oil in the diet can help, along with removing sugar and yeast containing products. If the mints have sugar, they can help candida grow. Read up on the subject of candida. Use natural yogurt which does not contain sugar or kefir daily. Garlic kills candida also.Be sure you are not becoming insulin resistant. Dr. Majid Ali on Vimeo was a head pathologist and medical school professor of pathology, who concentrates now on integrative medicine and has many natural do- it-yourself remedies and in my experience is really expert at helping one improve one’s health. I would expect you need to do so, or you would not suffer oral thrush so easily.

  5. Thanks for sharing. I was put on a triple therapy Biaxin/Flagyl/Prevacid combination (2000mg abx daily) for 7 days about 3 months ago for suspected H Pylori that I didn’t actually have. The antibiotic therapy gave me terrible oral thrush and it will not go away completely. I even went low carb and sugar free for 30 days and while the thrush did go away during that time, it returned? Its mild compared to the initial antibiotic induced thrush, but nonetheless my tongue is still white and tingly if I eat the wrong foods.

    So I had about 3 weeks in mid January where I did not have thrush. I had an upper endoscopy for gastritis and biopsy and the thrush came back?

    I’ve been on two rounds of 14 day Clotrimazole Troche tablets and one 14 day round of Nystatin oral rinse and I cannot get rid of the Oral thrush completely. Granted I’m not eating sugar free these days, but do try to limit. I need to get a good Probiotic because I’m only taking 10 billion and feel its not enough. I’m addicted to sugar unfortunately. I do limit like I said but I crave it.

    • Hi Leah. I myself have to deal with candida off and on because I have to use a steroid inhaler for COPD. This helps me a lot if I stick to it and make sure that I take it consistently, everyday. The brand is “Garden of Life” and the front of the bottle says, “Raw Probiotic, 50 billion, 29 strain, Vaginal Care” ………now don’t let the words “vaginal care” make you think that it’s only good for that type of yeast. Trust me, it works for candida too! You should be able to find it at most health food stores, or you can get it a little cheaper from ” vitacost.com” if you have time to wait for them to ship it to you. This product works for me. Good luck to you!

  6. The Lady Soma Candida Cleanse was a big help in my recovery from candida overgrowth. I highly recommend it. It not only contains antifungals, it also contains ingredients to settle your stomach, one probiotic culture, some digestive enzymes, etc. You get a lot of bang for your buck, and this product is a reasonable price for what it is. If you have candida overgrowth, this product was very key to my recovery. Good luck.

  7. I am using molybdenum in addition to many natural supplements .. It has made the detox bearable. Interesting reading on how/why it works. Inexpensive and critical to any detox to avoid many herxheimer reactions. Any ND should suggest this as part of the regime. Anyone not attempting at least one consult w/an ND to ensure the program and dosage is correct for you is likely missing out on the most specific plan available. Me: lauricidin, natural vitamin c (not synthetic), pau d’arco, Kolorex, MTHFR B12-B6-Folate, candidase (enzymes), bacillus laterosporus, probiotics, “beta 1,3D glucan”, Pectasol for detox, milk thistle liver/detox support. Oil pulling (coconut w/oregano, Clove). Also recommended: Jatoba

  8. I think I have Thrush.I feel like I have bad breath cause when I talk people rub their noses .The worst is the lady at the vitamin wellness store she kept rubbing her nose really hard and backing away from me .Even if I have bad breath I think her doing that was beyond rude .The weird thing is my Mom detects no bad odor when I talk .She thinks I have halitiophobia .I do have a white tounge tho and people constantly rub their nose around me and talk about bad breath indirectly around me .I feel like I don’t want to live anymore at times or at least never want to talk again because people’s reactions hurt me so bad ?

    • Hi, don’t take what other people say personally. I know it’s hard, I’ve done so too. If we’re already down, it might take us further down if we let it. But why should others dictate what we feel and do at all, and destroy our beautiful opportunities in life?
      This knowledge is part of the Four Agreements the Toltecs lived by, and of which Don Miguel Ruiz have written a great book. The deal is as follows:

      1. Let your words always have integrity, say only what you really mean. Do not use words against others or yourself.
      2. Take nothing personally. Whatever people say, it’s a projection of their own reality. If you become immune against it, social suffering becomes unnecessary.
      3. Don’t have – or make assumptions. Have courage to ask questions and express your true wishes. Communicate thoroughly to avoid sadness, misunderstandings and drama. This alone can change big deals in our lives.
      4. Always do your best. Your best can change from minute to minute, and are according to the circumstances. Just always do your best. With this – you’ll not be contemplated or judged – you will not feel guilty nor have any remorse.

      Read these comments anew and consider a routine that will work for you. I recommend a tongue scraper/on the toothbrush back, helps me. We’ll get there, all the answers are waiting for us. Blessings

  9. I can tell you what to do for a temporary fix. You won’t have to worry about bad breath as long as you do it. I know someone who had the same issue. We found out it was thrush. Someone suggested brushing your teeth, and then follow up by using a tongue scraper. We found the best one at the dollar tree. Make sure to brush your tongue too then use the scraper. Do it until your tongue is clean. Make sure to get the back. Then use a bacteria fighting mouth wash for ten minutes afterwards. I would do it at night and in the am. Good luck.

    • I clean my tounge two times a day and after that I drop one peppermint oil into my mouth and when my mouth becomes full with saliva , I take in. peppermint oil works really great for mouth and for irritable bowel syndrome /gut health.

  10. I have found coffee and black tea are biggest advocate of candida, I do not know why but more than 2 cups a day constipate me and when I constipate candida growth with a bang, I have changed many things but I have found whether I take probiotics or not, if I leave coffee and black tea my gums getting better, bad breath gone, candida on my penis goes away , I am a programmer and it was part of my daily routine 5-6 cups a day but now I am doing just 2 a day and getting better every day even without any probiotics supplement, earlier I was taking vls#3 , except this every other probiotic either ineffective or very expensive here in India, I am not taking any right now, just limit my coffee and tea and I take senna+psyllium husk for regular bowel movement and I am good to go, I strongly believe if you do not limit coffee you can not get rid of candida ever.

  11. Thank you so much for this information! I have struggled with every type of Candida infection out there since I was around 6 or 7 years old. I’ve always just been prone to it. My mother has the same issue. We purchased a great probiotic from Costcos pharmacy, started clean eating wich has helped tremendously, but every once in a while it returns. With all the research I’ve done I’ve never heard of oil pulling! I will give it a try!! Thanks again!❤❤

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