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ISRN Dentistry
Volume 2011, Article ID 487921, 7 pages
Review Article

Isolation and Identification of Candida from the Oral Cavity

1Department of Oral Pathology & Microbiology, Sri Hasanamba Dental College & Hospital, Karnataka, Hassan 573201, India
2Department of General Surgery, Hassan Institute of Medical Sciences, Karnataka, Hassan 573201, India

Received 30 June 2011; Accepted 8 August 2011

Academic Editors: E. T. Giampaolo, A. Jäger, and H.-S. Kho

Copyright © 2011 Smitha Byadarahally Raju and Shashanka Rajappa. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Various techniques are available for the isolation of Candida within the oral cavity. Such methods play an important role in the diagnosis and management of oral candidosis. The growing importance of Candida is in part related to the emergence of HIV infection and the more widespread use of immunosuppressive chemotherapy. Along with the Candida albicans there has been a greater recognition of the importance of the nonalbicans Candida species in oral candidosis. Identification of infecting strains of Candida is important because isolates of Candida species differ widely, both in their ability to cause infection and also in their susceptibility to antifungal agents. Thus this review provides an overview of the reliable methods of candidal isolation and identification of isolates from the oral cavity.