Doctors typically prescribe antifungal medications to treat oral thrush, according to WebMD. Antifungals are available in tablet, lozenge and liquid form for adults, and as a cream for nursing mothers to protect their breasts from infected infants, reports the Mayo Clinic.
It takes approximately 10 to 14 days for antifungals to completely cure thrush, explains WebMD. One effective home remedy is swishing the mouth with a saltwater mixture of 1/2 teaspoon of salt for every 1 cup of water. Those using this method should not swallow the mixture after swishing. Another home treatment is to brush the teeth twice per day, floss once each day and regularly replace the toothbrush during breakouts, notes the Mayo Clinic.