Thrush can be easily prevented in healthy adults by modifying risk factors that contribute to Candida fungus overgrowth.
These measures may help reduce your risk of developing candida infections:
1. Rinse your mouth. If you have to use a corticosteroid inhaler, be sure to rinse your mouth with water or brush your teeth after taking your medication.
2. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily or as often as your dentist recommends.
3. Clean your dentures. Clean your dentures daily. Ask your dentist for the best way to clean your type of dentures.
4. See your dentist regularly, especially if you have diabetes or wear dentures. Ask your dentist how often you need to be seen.
5. Watch what you eat. Try limiting the amount of sugar- and yeast-containing foods you eat. These may encourage the growth of candida.
6. Maintain good blood sugar control if you have diabetes. Well-controlled blood sugar can reduce the amount of sugar in your saliva, discouraging the growth of candida.
7. Treat any vaginal yeast infections that develop during pregnancy as soon as possible.
To prevent thrush in babies or nursing infants, keep pacifiers and bottle nipples clean and sterilized. Nursing mothers should discuss the use of any over-the-counter or prescribed medications with their doctor before breastfeeding as some medications may increase the risk of causing thrush.