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The Prevalence of Candida Albicans in Institutionalized Geriatric Denture Wearers

B. Topić
I. Alajbeg
V. Vučićević-Boras
ZI. Alajbeg
A. Cekić-Arambašin

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The aim of this prospective study was to record the presence of Candida albicans yeast in a geriatric population, and to compare the results between denture wearers and non-wearers, in order to evaluate the role of dentures as a factor influencing Candida growth. We performed an oral examination on 217 institutionalized elderly people living in the hospice "Sv. Josip" in Zagreb, recorded data
regarding oral health and collected detailed information on denture wearing status. Furthermore, we performed oral smears for Candida
cultures, cultivated on Sabouraud's dextrose agar (“Emmon's”) at 37°C for 48 hrs and counted the Candida colonies. Collected data were stored in the database created for this purpose in "Microsoft Access 2000". The number of Candida colonies from denture wearers and
non-wearers were compared (Man-Whitney U test, p<0.05), and the obtained results are discussed.


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