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Candida, Mutans Streptococci, Oral Hygiene and Caries in Children

  • Peretz B1,*,
  • Mazor Y2
  • Dagon N1
  • Bar-Ness Greenstein R2

1Department of Pediatric Dentistry, The Maurice and Gabriela Goldschleger School of Dental Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel

2Department of Oral Biology, The Maurice and Gabriela Goldschleger School of Dental Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel

DOI: 10.17796/jcpd.36.2.f1m4283501374t22 Vol.36,Issue 2,March 2012 pp.185-188

Published: 01 March 2012

*Corresponding Author(s): Peretz B E-mail:


Objective: to test the association between Candida and mutans streptococci (ms), oral hygiene and caries levels and in children. Methods: 22 boys and 12 girls (age 6 to 14.5 years) participated in the study. Each participant received a toothbrush, and was asked to brush his/her teeth after proper instructions. Dental caries and oral hygiene were recorded. Candida and ms levels were determined in saliva samples. Results: Candida colonies were observed in 70.5% of the children. No association was found between Candida and caries or plaque and gingival indices. C. albicans-positive children demonstrated significantly higher brushing scores. Conclusions: Our findings may suggest that there is no clear association between Candida in saliva, and levels of cariogenic bacteria and caries risk in children.


Candida, mutans streptococcci, oral hygiene, caries

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Peretz B,Mazor Y,Dagon N,Bar-Ness Greenstein R. Candida, Mutans Streptococci, Oral Hygiene and Caries in Children. Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry. 2012. 36(2);185-188.


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