Everything You Need To Know About Mouth Yeast Infections
Greetings there. It’s New Zealand naturopath, Eric Bakker. Author of Candida Crusher, formulator of the Canxida range of products. Thanks for tuning into my video. I really appreciate it. Thank you all the people who’ve subscribed to my channel. There are many subscribers coming on board now from many different parts of the world. I keep getting lots of increasing comments on YouTube and I’m getting lots of email. So just please be aware that I can’t really reply to all of the emails I get. I get tons of emails. Occasionally, I’ll pick out an email and I’ll respond to it, but there are many emails I just can’t reply to anymore. My priority obviously goes to the patients who see me in the clinic, on Skype or Face Time. They take up the share of my work. I try to communicate with people really effectively through the YouTube channel.
I’ve got a question here from a man in Missouri, America. This man’s name is Johnathan Wainright. Johnathan’s in his 60s and he wears dentures. Johnathan is asking me about mouth yeast infections. What can he do? Let’s talk about mouth and throat yeast infections with this video. I’ll give you some understanding on a little bit on what to do and some of the best possible solutions for it. I’m going to read some out of my book and I’ll also talk along with that as well. To reduce your chances of developing and maintaining a mouth or throat yeast infection, I highly recommend you follow these 10 rules. You’ll notice that quite a few dietary and lifestyle recommendations are based on the fact that oral and throat yeast infections will thrive in an environment that is warm, dark, moist and is fed on sugars and yeasty foods. Sometimes also pharmaceutical drugs as we’ll see can affect the mucosa.
Knowing this, think about excellent oral hygiene, take away the food supply for the yeast, so take the sugars away. Make it more hostile for the yeast to really thrive in the area and keep the area clean. It’s also pleasant for people around you if you haven’t got like a stinky breath, but you’ve got like a sweet smelling breath. When you’ve got a good amount of lactic acid and beneficial bacteria in your mouth, you’ll have a breath that smells quite okay. Sweet smelling breath. It won’t be stinky. There’s nothing worse than being near someone whose mouth smells really like a public toilet or something, and believe me, there are some stinky breaths out there. I know. I’ve had a few people over the years. This may be part of the reason why I like Skype because I can’t really smell that much on Skype. I’m not saying that all you guys have stinky breath out there. But if you have got a smell, bad breath or what we call halitosis, a medical term, sometimes you won’t even know it yourself. Do not be afraid to ask people around you if your breath stinks because it can be quite offensive and embarrassing for you if you don’t know.
Number one, observe good oral hygiene. It makes good sense to observe very good oral hygiene since this is the entry to the digestive tract. I recommend that you rinse your mouth first and then brush your teeth. You can floss it, but gently. Be careful not to floss too hard because you can really damage the gums. I use a tea tree oil toothpaste, but you can also use a bit of baking soda with water or a bit of sea salt or you can use a commercial toothpaste, but try to get more of a natural one without too many chemicals in it. The best time to brush your tongue is when you brush your teeth in the morning. Bacteria and yeast will multiply more on the tongue overnight than during the day. You may be able to find a good herbal mouthwash at your local health food shop as well. Be careful with the commercial mouthwashes high in alcohol because they can destroy a lot of the beneficial bacteria in your mouth. Not a good idea.
To avoid re-infecting yourself when brushing your teeth, try disinfecting your toothbrush regularly by placing the toothbrush in a little bit of hydrogen peroxide for a few minutes before and after tooth brushing. This is especially relevant if you have gum disease, if you’ve got a lot of white coating on your tongue. It’s important to keep your toothbrush clean.
A couple of points I’d like to explain to you also with teeth. Many people spend a lot of time cleaning their teeth, but they don’t think enough about their gum health or their tongue health or the oral cavity inside the mouth in general. All these areas are very important to keep them in great condition. This is the entry point for the digestive system. It’s important that you keep this area clean. The two most bacteria laden parts of your body are the mouth and the other end of your body, the anus, their quite full of bacteria. Knowing that, we’re not going to really clean that area too much, apart from when you go to the toilet, but this is the area that we really need to pay attention to. It’s important. Looking after your gums it’s a little bit to me like when you’ve planted a tree and you’re looking after the soil. The quality of soil and how strong and healthy the soil is and the microorganisms that live in and on the soil will dictate the health of that tree. Common sense? It is to me.
By looking after the gums very well, brushing them softly or massaging them, eating the right kind of foods, rinsing out your mouth, not eating foods too hot or too cold, burning hot foods. By taking care of the gums and making sure that you’ve got good nutritional status, feeding up the gums and the rest of the body with good levels of fatty acids, trace elements, and vitamins and minerals, you’ll ensure you’ve got very strong gums. Strong gums will mean strong teeth. It will mean that when you get old, you’re not going to have a mouth like a cave like only one or two teeth, and there’s a lot of wind blowing through it.
You ask someone who’s old and they’ll tell you, “Keep your teeth. Look after your teeth. You don’t want false teeth. They’re dangerous.” A lot of people can’t chew nuts or eat a lot of food with dentures, so looking after your teeth is a very, very important investment that many young people don’t really understand that concept until they get to be an old bugger like me in their 50s or 60s. They think, “I should have looked after my teeth. I should have brushed them more. There are too many teeth ripped out.” Gum health is everything. Just remember that. Look after your gums.
Do you wear dentures? In Johnathan’s case which prompted me to make this video, Johnathan wears dentures and has a lot of problems with dentures. Dentures sores are a very common occurrence and some estimates are that over 60 percent of all the denture wearers experience painful mouth ulcers as a result of an underlying yeast infection. You will know that you have a yeast infection by the redness and possible swellings. Often involving the upper pallet or the roof of the mouth that comes into contact with the denture.
The solution. Get your dentures checked regularly to see if they fit well and ensure excellent hygiene practices. Brush with a good herbal, preferably tea tree oil, toothpaste and fix any underlying digestive problems. Also follow my Candida Crusher dietary approach, the three-stage dietary approach for a good result. Denture wearers if you have issues, go and see your dentist and go and see someone who works with dentures to make sure that they’re fitting really well. Make sure that you chew properly also and cut food into small portion sizes.
Keep your immune system strong. Point number three. Keeping a good healthy immune system is the key to fighting any infection, especially a yeast infection. I often see patients with depressed immune systems who have a mouth or throat yeast infection and there can be many causes for this. Treating a Candida infection is quite straightforward with a good immune system. But for those with a compromised immune system, the treatment is different and may take longer. For example, those who can recognize instant stress or those who suffer from AIDS, diabetes, and certain types of heart disease, including those especially who suffer from adrenal fatigue or thyroid disorders. All will have one thing in common, a poor immune response. These are typically the patients who struggle with recurring throat or mouth infections.
I see this also in kids, teenagers, for example, who get ulcers, sore throats, lymph nodes swelling. They may be staying up too late on computers. They may be drinking soda drinks. They may be eating the wrong kind of foods. A lot of young people today have got poor immune function thanks to Google and shooting games and iPads and stuff like that that we didn’t have when we were kids.
There are many products that can help strengthen the immune system, but the first thing take is Vitamin C. Take until you reach bowel tolerance and work just under this dose for several days. Vitamin C is very important to make cortisol. In fact, one of the highest concentrations of Vitamin C in your body is found in the adrenal gland. We believe it’s there to help manufacture cortisol.
Number four. Treat mouth and throat yeast infections locally. The best results come when you treat locally and systemically, so make sure that you use methods that we’ll talk about to get the infection sorted in your mouth, in your throat, as well as boost up your immune system. One of the best local treatments for oral and throat infections is live natural sugar free yogurt. The lactic acid loving bacteria that live in yogurt will thrive naturally in the oral cavity and in your throat.
Mouth thrush will often imply that your friendly bacteria levels are low. Just hold the yogurt in your mouth for about five minutes two or three times per day. You can gargle with a kefir solution and you can even use kefir on toothbrushes. I’ve got a patient who said that their white tongue disappeared in 48 hours by using kefir on the toothbrush. That’s another thing you can do.
Other people do oil pulling, so they get a little bit of coconut oil first thing in the morning when you wake up. A tablespoon or two of coconut oil in the mouth and you swish it all around the tongue, the gums and everywhere. Just keep coating and coating and swishing it around for about four or five minutes and then you spit it out in the rubbish. What happens is a lot of bad bacteria and yeast are attracted into the coconut oil and then you reject that from the body. By doing that every day, the coconut oil oral treatment along with the live culture, you’re going to freshen up and clean the contents of the mouth dramatically. Especially, if you end up really working with digestive enzymes and probiotics systemically. Very clever to do both of those things.
Number five. Always treat mouth and throat infections systemically. Anyone who comes to my clinic with an oral yeast infection will get treated systemically. I presume they have a yeast infection in their digestive system as well. The digestive system is the major place where the Candida will reside. A yeast infection can multiply rapidly and grow out of control leading to complications all through the body. Much further afield, even into the joints, organs and different parts of the body. Remember, this is the entry point. Get this strong and the rest of the body will become strong, too.
Tea tree oil is a good mouthwash. Don’t use those commercial mouthwashes like Listerine and crap like that. It’s too strong on the body. I don’t really like them. I think you cause a lot of damage with them. Try a mouthwash with two tablespoons of water to which you’ve added five drops of tea tree oil. You can also get a water soluble tea tree oil sometimes and you can add five to ten drops of that into a good 10 ounces of water and just keep rinsing your mouth and gargling with that and spitting it out.
Do you have esophageal Candida? Throat Candida? Then do the same thing. Use a few tablespoons of water, add a few drops of tea tree oil and do a deep gargle. Rinse your mouth and gargle several times per day and follow my Candida Crusher program and you can beat this thing pretty quick. Tea tree oil is safe to use and is non-toxic like many websites have made it out to be. You’re not going to drink tea tree oil. You’re going to gargle with it and spit it out. You’re going to brush your teeth with a few drops on your toothbrush and spit it out.
Number seven. Avoid hot and spicy foods and drinks. If you’ve got a really bad problem with your tongue, throat or mouth, keep away from stuff like raw chilies and lots of raw garlic like really strong things in your mouth. They can really aggravate at the time. If you have an issue with the skin lining your mouth or throat, then you are best to avoid placing anything in your mouth that is excessively hot and spicy will irritate it. You’ll heal the skin faster by removing these obstacles from your diet. It makes common sense. Burning hot coffee, freezing cold things in your mouth, not really a good idea.
Eight. We’ve already spoken about this to a degree. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies. They’re very common in many countries. When you lack crucial nutrients like vitamins and minerals, your immune system will the first things to become compromised. Immune suppression and immune incompetence commonly occurs as a result of deficiencies. Some of the most common ones are iron and zinc. Up to 30 percent of people I see have got an iron or zinc deficiency. Vegetarians often lack iron and B12. One of the best things to ensure that you do not become deficient is by eating a healthy balanced diet and in conjunction taking a very good comprehensive multivitamin and mineral supplement. This is one of the causes of mouth and throat infections you can easily remedy.
I’m currently working on a product called Canxida Rebuild. It will be the first product of its kind and it’s a multivitamin specifically targeted for people with SIBO and Candida. It’s going to have a very special antifungal/antibacterial backbone, so powder added to it. It’s a multi design to heal the mucosa and the lining of the gut. Specifically targeted. It can be taken by anybody even as a general multi for young people and adults, but it’s especially good for people with a compromised digestive system. I’m also using specific forms of vitamins and minerals for easy absorption.
Iron deficiency. It is surprising how many women lack sufficient iron in their diet. Some experts estimate 30 percent of women in many developed countries have some kind of iron deficiency, and that can have a huge effect on the immune system. Wounds tend to heal slower when iron deficiency is present and lack of iron is the reason why wounds on the corner of mouth as well as mouth ulcers and throat lesions do not heal properly. Iron is necessary to carry oxygen around the body. Iron has a boosting, stimulating effect on immune function. Get a blood test done to see what your level is. The best thing to do is probably to take an iron supplement if you’re low. Ferritin is the iron storage and serum albumin is basically what you’ve got in your blood.
Zinc deficiency. Zinc has a most profound influence on many aspects of immune function. The lack of zinc in your diet can cause many problems, including impaired wound healing and chronic ulceration. Zinc taste test you can actually do at your chemist or your naturopath or some nutritional doctor can do a zinc taste test for you. Zinc be part of your multivitamin. Try zinc and vitamin C also.
Tip number nine is this will heal any kind of ulcer of the mouth quite quickly. If you observe good oral hygiene, eat good food, get plenty of nutrients in your diet and you still have a problem with recurring ulcers and things or Candida, try the zinc and vitamin C lozenge. They will heal many issues affecting the mouth, gums, tongue and throat. I highly recommend lozenges for sore throat, mouth ulcers, poor immune function and herpes simplex or cold sore outbreaks, for example. Try sucking on a lozenge every two hours.
Number ten. Avoidance of steroid drugs and antibiotics. This is a big one. One of the biggest causes of oral or throat yeast infections is antibiotics or inhaled steroids, which are commonly used in asthma. Pharmaceutical drugs are a commonly overlooked cause of many yeast infections. One major cause I’ve seen time and again in my clinic, “Are you an asthmatic or regular experience a sore throat? Have cracked corners of your mouth or find that you experience recurring mouth ulcers?” And it took you to a doctor and find that it’s a drug that you’re taking is linked with any of these problems. If in doubt, go to Dr. Google there can tell you these things, too.
Those who take an antibiotic will not only discover that they may be much more prone to diarrhea and upset digestive system. They’ll also be a lot more prone to issues of the mouth and throat, so just bear that in mind. Always be on guard if you take an antibiotic or inhaled steroid. Look out for telltale signs. Many people who take immune suppressant drugs will get some kind of oral problem, so be very sure the drug you’re taking is not constantly causing this problem.
If you continue to have a problem with your mouth, you’ll eventually have a problem further down with your throat, stomach, small bowel, everything downstream will get affected, so it’s important to get the mouth problem solved. I hope that gives you some good information, Johnathan, on mouth and throat yeast infections. You can fix them up. But as I always say, work on the cause. Thanks for tuning in.