Oral Candidiasis

Oral Candidiasis

Oral Candidiasis

Objectives

By the end of these revision notes, you should:

What is Oral Candidiasis?

Oral candidiasis is the most common oral infection and is caused by the Candida species. This is an opportunistic pathogen, with the most common being Candida albicansC. albicans is a dimorphic fungus – this means it is present in both year (blastospore) and filamentous (hyphae) forms. 

Candida is present in a normal, healthy oral cavity, however, infections occurs when there is a loss of balance in the microbial environment.