Candida, mutans streptococci, oral hygiene and caries in children

Benjamin Peretz, Yardena Mazor, Nurit Dagon, Ronit Greenstein Bar-Ness

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-188
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2011


  • Candida
  • caries
  • mutans streptococcci
  • oral hygiene


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