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Salivary Candida, Caries and Candida in Toothbrushes

  • Ratson T1
  • Bar-Ness Greenstein R2
  • Mazor Y2
  • Peretz B3,*,

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

2,Department of Oral biology

3,Department of Pediatric Dentistry

DOI: 10.17796/jcpd.37.2.43310k423472j2j4 Vol.37,Issue 2,March 2013 pp.167-170

Published: 01 March 2013

*Corresponding Author(s): Peretz B E-mail: bperetz@post.tau.ac.il

Abstract

Background: Candida species are common inhabitants of the normal oral microbiota. A few studies founded a relationship between high levels of Candida albicans in the oral cavity and high DMF scores. Toothbrushes can also be reservoirs of microorganisms, the proliferation of these microorganism on a toothbrush could be a major factor for its distribution in the oral cavity. Aim: To examine the associations between salivary Candida and DMF, and between salivary Candida and Candida in the toothbrush. Method: 46 healthy school children, who attended a University pediatric dental clinic, were tested for Candida in their saliva and in their toothbrush. Their DMF was recorded. Results: 38 children were Candida-positive (79.2%), out of whom 5 demonstrated a positive growth of Candida in the toothbrushes. No correlation was found between Candida in the saliva and in the toothbrush. The number of Candida-positive girls was significantly higher than the number in boys. No significant relationship between caries experience and the presence of Candida was found. Conclusions: No correlation was found between Candida in the saliva and in the toothbrush. The origin of the Candida in the toothbrush is not totally clear.

Keywords

Candida, caries, saliva, toothbrush

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Ratson T,Bar-Ness Greenstein R,Mazor Y,Peretz B. Salivary Candida, Caries and Candida in Toothbrushes. Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry. 2013. 37(2);167-170.

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