Moniliasis, which is usually seen on the tongue, palate and cheeks, can cause many complaints. Stating that this fungus is more common in babies. Asst. Prof. Dr. Hasan Değirmenci, from Istanbul Gelisim University (IGU) Faculty of Dentistry, Basic Sciences Department, explained the methods of prevention and treatment process from moniliasis.
Moniliasis, which is frequently encountered in diabetic patients, pregnant women, infants and patients with suppressed immune system, occurs in the tongue, palate, cheeks and oral cavity. Asst. Prof. Dr. Hasan Değirmenci from Istanbul Gelisim University Faculty of Dentistry, Basic Sciences Department stated that frequently used mouthwashes can also cause moniliasis.
The sense of taste changes
Oral candidiasis, commonly known as moniliasis, is usually seen in infants, but can also occur in the mouth and throat of adult patients. This disease, which frequently occurs in pregnancy and diabetes, can occur despite good oral hygiene, in cases where the person becomes susceptible to infections due to some reasons. Asst. Prof. Dr. Hasan Değirmenci from Istanbul Gelisim University Faculty of Dentistry, Basic Sciences Department stated the following: “Thrush also known as moniliasis, which is seen as a white layer on the mucous membranes of the mouth and throat, is a typical example of an oral fungal infection. After these white layers are cleaned, there are red and inflamed areas under them that usually bleed easily. There is a constant feeling of hairiness in these areas. At the same time, the person's sense of taste changes. Sometimes pain or a burning sensation in the tongue also occurs. These symptoms also make it difficult to eat and drink.”
Prostheses in the mouth increase susceptibility to moniliasis
One of the most significant items that predispose the patient to thrush is the prostheses in the mouth. Asst. Prof. Dr. Değirmenci: “Prostheses reduce the epithelial cleansing and mechanical washing properties of saliva. As a result, inflammation occur in the layer covering the inner surface of the mouth. At the same time, an increase in yeast and bacteria can be observed due to excessive sugar consumption, diabetes, and food limitation. In order to prevent thrush disease in the mouth, it is absolutely necessary to pay attention to oral hygiene. Teeth should be brushed regularly and floss should be used. Since the frequent use of mouthwashes used to help keep the gums healthy will disrupt the normal microflora in the mouth, care should be taken when using mouthwash.
Foods containing sugar or yeast can trigger thrush. Asst. Prof. Dr. Değirmenci also added: ‘’In the treatment of moniliasis, the treatment recommendations written by the physician must be followed. Probiotic sources such as yoghurt and kephir should be added to the diet. It can help restore the microflora in the mouth.
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