Probiotic Oral Thrush Treatment

Are you looking for probiotic oral thrush treatment?

If you have a yeast infection of the mouth, then check out the options listed below. Each of them has worked for some people. And if you wear dentures, see the final section.

Try acidophilus yogurt. Ensure that it contains live and active culture and that one of the main bacteria in it is Lactobacillus acidophilus, for example Yogourmet Freeze Dried Yogurt Starter or check out this page for brand names of yogurt with acidophilus.

Be aware that not all yogurt contains L acidophilus so you do need to check. In a 2005 study, mice that had oral thrush were given acidophilus yogurt and it "significantly shortened the duration of colonization of the oral cavity". By the second day of the trial the levels of Candida albicans had fallen dramatically and by day 6 it was undetectable.1

Now I know you're not a mouse but considering the length of time that most fungal infections take to clear that sounds pretty impressive. If you like yogurt, then an oral thrush treatment that simply entails eating plenty of it sounds pretty good to me!

Adding further weight to that, is this 16 week randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study amongst the elderly. They were given 50g of a probiotic cheese and this reduced the risk of high yeast counts by 75%.²

Naturally aged cheese such as those below are rich in lactic acid bacteria which is where all the probiotics are found. Well worth trying.

Healthy Aged Cheese




Or do you prefer a probiotic supplement that has had success against yeast infection of the mouth?

Although they don't state what strains of bacteria are in their product, Ultimate Flora Critical Care has helped some people with oral thrush. (Got rid of it within 3-4 days.)

Lactobacillus rhamnosus HS111, Lactobacillus acidophillus HS101, and Bifidobacterium bifidum gave good results in a study3 at reducing the yeast levels in the mouth. These probiotics can all be found in Iflora Multi Probiotic although as Iflora do not say which strain is in their product it is unclear whether you would be getting the specific HS111 and HS101 that was used in the successful study but you would get Lactobacillus rhamnosus Lactobacillus acidophillus, and Bifidobacterium bifidum.

And Dr Weil recommends Lactobacillus GG for oral thrush treatment. You'll find it in Culturelle Lactobacillus GG (Note that there are a number of products called Culturelle. They all contain the same probiotic but different suppliers like to package them differently. Just pick the cheapest or the one by your favorite store!

Threelac Probiotic has a lot of postive reviews on Amazon for candida infection in general but I found several quotes specifically about oral thrush.. "After taking Threelac for about 9-10 days the infection in my mouth was completely gone!" The product is expensive and doesn't work for everyone but has great results for some.

I have heard of organic kefir which is, of course, full of probiotics and Grapefruit Seed Extract working well.

A study was done on the probiotic drink Yakult which contains Lactobacillus casei Shirota but despite its good reputation for many things it did NOT have any effect specifically on the types of bacteria or yeasts in the mouth so is unlikely to hlep against oral candida.


How probiotics play a role in oral thrush treatment

Your oral thrush is caused by too many of a particular type of fungi. As the mouth is normally a mix of many different bacteria and fungi, introducing good bacteria into your mouth can help restore that balance when the fungi get out of hand.

It is normal to have some fungi in the mouth. Oral thrush develops when their are too many.

Many experts, but not all, suggest that you should immediately stop sugar as this is believed to feed the yeast.


Oral thrush treatment for denture wearers

Did you know that 50 to 69% of denture wearers will get oral thrush? Scary thought, isn't it - so here is an extra tip just for you.

This comes from a 2010 PubMed study by the Glascow Dental School1.

They tested 4 denture cleaners - Dentural, Medical Interporous, Steradent Active Plus, and Boots Smile. They found that all of the denture cleansers were effective at both removing the yeast (Candida albicans) biofilm and disinfecting the denture but some biofilm still remained that led to regrowth. They noted that despite the soaking the dentures were recolonizing with the yeast biofilm. Therefore, as they put it, "alternative mechanical disruptive methods are required to enhance biofilm removal."

So that means you need to brush the dentures as well as soak them to get the best result.

If you are prone to oral thrush then get yourself a proper denture brush to help get rid of this annoying fungal infection. Don't rely on only soaking dentures - brush and soak for best results.

Experts state that denture hygiene is very much related to the amount of oral fungal growth and the development of denture-related stomatitis2.



1. Jose A, Coco BJ, Milligan S, Young B, Lappin DF, Bagg J, Murray C, Ramage G. Reducing the Incidence of Denture Stomatitis: Are Denture Cleansers Sufficient? J Prosthodont. 2010 Jan 22. [Epub ahead of print]

2. Abaci O, Haliki-Uztan A, Ozturk B, Toksavul S, Ulusoy M, Boyacioglu H. Determining Candida spp. Incidence in Denture Wearers. Mycopathologia. 2010 Feb 9. [Epub ahead of print]

3. Ishikawa KH, Mayer MP, Miyazima TY, Matsubara VH, Silva EG, Paula CR, Campos TT, Nakamae AE. A Multispecies Probiotic Reduces Oral Candida Colonization in Denture Wearers. J Prosthodont. 2014 Aug 20. doi: 10.1111/jopr.12198. [Epub ahead of print]