The amount of Candida has been found to increase in elderly individuals, (8-10) but most previous investigations focused solely on Candida albicans.
Within this context, distribution characteristics of Candida species in subjects wearing or not wearing full or partial removable dentures were investigated.
Collected oral rinse samples from the subjects were cultured on CHROMagar Candida plates (CHROMagar, Paris, France) by the method of Beighton et al.
The detection rate of all Candida species, single and multiple combined, was 40.
This study indicates that, although detection rates of single Candida species were rather high in the youngest group of nondenture wearers, detection rates of single and multiple Candida species were significantly higher in denture wearers of all other age groups compared with individuals not wearing dentures.
Aging has been believed to cause progressive increases of Candida in the oral cavity.