Host Factors Predisposing to Oral Candidiasis

Oral candidiasis is a superficial mycosis and can present in a variety of clinical forms. The presence of Candida alone is not an indication of disease since yeasts can be found as a commensal in approximately 40% of the population. Candidiasis is essentially a disease of the diseased and reflects as much changes in host defences as increased pathogenicity of the organism. Oral can-didiasis has been associated with a variety of predisposing factors and these are summarised in Table 3.1.

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