Today is day 3 since getting my tongue pierced, and I'm fairly sure I'm experiencing the symptoms of oral thrush. My tongue has whitish build-up and despite brushing my tongue it's fairly hard to dislodge, especially at the back of my tongue. I'm not talking about the normal white cell build-up around the piercing site (which is healing fine) I'm talking about an off-white build-up.
The aftercare advice was to use an antibacterial but alcohol-free mouthwash OR saline rinse 3-5 times a day. The mouthwash I have is the same alcohol-free brand they specified but has a mint flavour -- I think the mint extract in collaboration with the overly strong anti-bac properties may have killed off all the natural flora in my mouth allowing the thrush to flourish. As a side note I've been drinking a lot of smoothies so dairy content may have contributed too.
Just to make things more confusing, the mouthwash I have includes in its uses 'treatment for oral thrush'....but as I understand it it still may have caused it through overzealous use. The active ingredient is 0.2% chlorhexidine digluconate, and the brand is Corsodyl.
I'm also soaking my (just bought post-piercing) toothbrush in denture rinse to hopefully kill anything lingering there.
Any advice? I know there's over-the-counter remedies but I'm still not 100% sure whether I'll recover on my own. I'd like to avoid creating overly resistant bacteria (though I may already be doing that). I will keep using the mouthwash but only once or twice a day, using salt soaks in between. I of course won't be engaging in kissing/oral sex for at least a week but after this I will have to wait longer, and would like to confirm that I'm not going to start spreading nastiness between us.
TL;DR - is there a homemade remedy or any other advice I can use to diminish or get rid of oral thrush? I've heard about diluted teatree oil in water but am reluctant to irritate my healing piercing, too. I don't think it's too severe yet but I'm pretty concerned about it getting worse. :/