How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Oral Thrush

Oral thrush refers to an overgrowth of fungus called candida or candida albicans. It can be seen as white lesions on the tongue, gums, roof of the mouth or the throat. Dryness, or the feeling of "cotton mouth," may accompany these white lesions. Infants are most likely to develop thrush while breastfeeding, according to Mayo Clinic. Individuals with a weakened immune system, or those who wear dentures, may also have a higher susceptibility to oral thrush. Prescription antifungal medications can also be used to cure the fungus overgrowth. Treatment at home is possible, using apple cider vinegar, but proper medical diagnosis is recommended, especially for infants.

Step 1

Purchase organic or unfiltered apple cider vinegar to ensure that the vinegar's healing properties are still intact. According to, some apple cider vinegar products may be nothing more than distilled vinegar with caramel coloring.

Step 2

Mix 1 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar with a glass of water. This mixture can be heated, if preferred.

Step 3

Sip or drink the water-and-vinegar mixture once per day. Gargled or swish the solution around your mouth to ensure the vinegar reaches the candida lesions.

Step 4

Drink more than one glass of the water-and-vinegar solution, if tolerable. When oral thrush is present, multiple doses of the apple cider vinegar are recommended by


Add apple cider vinegar to 1 cup of tea that's sweetened with honey or sugar. If the taste of the vinegar is intolerable, it can be added to just about anything that you consume to mask the flavor.


Medical treatment is recommended to ensure the ailment is truly oral thrush.

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