Causes of Tongue Fungus

Candida albicans fungi are naturally found in the mouth and are under the control of the immune system to maintain balance and prevent the occurrence of any fungal infection, and therefore any imbalance in this balance leads to the appearance of fungi in different parts of the mouth, including the tongue, and one of the most important reasons for the emergence of fungi:[1]

  • Diseases that weaken the immune system: such as leukemia or the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) for short.
  • Cancer treatments: chemical and radiation treatments that kill healthy body cells, thus allowing harmful fungi to grow and multiply.
  • Diabetes: If diabetes is not controlled, the amount of sugar in saliva secreted in the mouth increases and the Candida albicans fungus uses it to increase its growth rates.

Tongue risk factors

The presence of any of the following factors increases the risk of infection with fungi:[2]

  • Use of some types of medications such as antibiotics, prednisone, and inhaled corticosteroids used to treat asthma; They all cause an imbalance between harmful and harmless microorganisms and increase the chance of developing tongue fungus.
  • Organ transplantation and other factors that cause a weak immune system.
  • The use of dentures, especially for the upper jaw, or any reason that reduces the secretion of saliva in the mouth.

Prevention of fungal infection

It is recommended to follow the following tips to prevent oral thrush:[3]

  • maintain good oral hygiene; By brushing the teeth at least twice a day and using dental floss.
  • periodic follow-up; This is done by checking the mouth and teeth periodically every 6 months at the dentist, or for a shorter period of time in the event of diabetes or the presence of dentures.
  • Clean the mouth sprays used by asthmatics after they are finished to reduce the growth of germs on them and their transfer to the mouth.
  • Quit Smoking.
  • Limit foods containing sugar and yeast.

the reviewer

  1. ↑ “Oral Thrush”,,June 1, 2018, Retrieved Jan 27, 2019. Edited.
  2. ↑ “Oral Thrush”,,March 08, 2018, Retrieved Jan 27, 2019. Edited.
  3. ↑ “What is Thrush?”,,September 18, 2018, Retrieved Jan 27, 2019. Edited.

Causes of Tongue Fungus for Adults

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