Treating Oral Yeast Infections
Oral Thrush, a yeast infection, is caused by the overgrowth of a yeast-type fungus known as Candida Albicans.
“Candida Albicans” translates literally to “White, White” and is called that for the white spots and lesions created by the fungal infection. (See illustration and the white dots)
The Candida Albicans yeast exists naturally in the mouth, and other parts of the body.
Normally it is kept in check by other bacteria but under certain conditions, such as illness, medications, smoking or diabetes, it can grow out of control.
While Oral Thrush can effect a person of any age, the groups most likely to suffer from Oral Thrush are infants, the elderly and those suffering from compromised immune systems.
In simplicity, it is an imbalance in the ecosystem of the body’s microorganisms and bacteria that allows the yeast to grow out of control. This overgrowth of yeast causes Oral Thrush.
Test Results Using Oral Probiotics for Oral Thrush
The clinical tests done to date on treating oral yeast infections with probiotics are quite promising but still remain inadequate for a conclusive result or recommendation.
However the tests done to date do show significant support for the beneficial and positive use of oral probiotics against yeast infections in the mouth.
One such test was conducted on a group of elderly subjects that suffered oral fungal infections.This test was done over a 16 week period and showed a significant reduction of 75% in the yeast counts of the subjects.
Another test was done on mice.The results of this test demonstrated further support that probiotics can be effective in controlling yeast overgrowths and infections.
Further tests remain to be done before definitive claims can be made, but with no harmful side effects and only promising results so far we see great hope for the effectiveness in the use of oral probiotics in controlling Candida related Oral Thrush.