BACKGROUND: Dental caries is a world-wide public health issue and is considered the most common of all non-communicable disease. There has been a growing interest in associa6on between oral fungal flora especially candida and dental caries. Hence the aim of the study was to assess the correla6on between ac6ve caries status and oral candida carriage in children aged twelve years. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a cross-sec6onal study where a mul6phase sampling was done and a total of thirty children were selected randomly among children screened previously. Data was collected through clinical oral examina6ons and structured interviews. The oral rinse technique described by Samaranayake et al. was used for extrac6ng candida spp. The correla6on between candida spp level and caries experience was performed by the Pearsons correla6on coefficient. RESULTS: The mean DMFS and defs scores of the children were 3.70±4.61 and 5.83±5.51 respec6vely. Significant associa6on with decay scores for deciduous teeth (P<0.05) and defs (p= <0.001) was demonstrated. Candida species was associated highly with caries prevalence and significant posi6ve correla6on was found between Candida (CFU/plate) and defs scores (r=0.790) (p= <0.001) CONCLUSION: The study results suggested that there is a significant posi6ve correla6on between candida carriage and caries, especially in children in the age group of 12 years.
|Publication status||Published - 2022|
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