Oral candidiasis

Oral candidiasis, also known as oral thrush among other names,[1] is candidiasis that occurs in the mouth. That is, oral candidiasis is a mycosis (yeast/fungal infection) of Candida species on the mucous membranes of the mouth.

Oral candidiasis
Other namesoral candidosis, oral thrush,[1] oropharyngeal candidiasis, moniliasis,[2] candidal stomatitis, muguet
Oral candidiasis
SpecialtyInfectious disease, dentistry, dermatology

Candida albicans is the most commonly implicated organism in this condition. C. albicans is carried in the mouths of about 50% of the world's population as a normal component of the oral microbiota.[3] This candidal carriage state is not considered a disease, but when Candida species become pathogenic and invade host tissues, oral candidiasis can occur. This change usually constitutes an opportunistic infection by normally harmless micro-organisms because of local (i.e., mucosal) or systemic factors altering host immunity.


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