Article: Volume 44 Number 2 Page 132 - February 2017

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  Dent Update 2017; 44: 132-138

Paediatric dentistry:  Oral Candidosis in the Paediatric Patient

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Abstract: Oral candidosis can present in childhood with recognizable mucosal changes. It may be associated with predisposing factors or suggest underlying systemic disease such as poorly controlled diabetes or an immunosuppressed state. Investigations are often required and management includes addressing predisposing factors in addition to prescribing topical or systemic antifungal therapy.

Clinical relevance: It is important for general dental practitioners to recognize oral mucosal changes related to candidal infection and refer to secondary care for further assessment when appropriate.

Author notes: Kevin Ryan, BDS, MB, BCh, BAO, StR in Oral Medicine, Mona Agel, BDS, MJDF RCS(Eng), MSc DPH(Distinc), Locum StR in Paediatric Dentistry, Halla Zaitoun, BDS(Hons), MFDS, MPaedDent, MDentSci, FDS(Paed Dent), Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry and Anne M Hegarty, BDentSc, MSc(OM), MBBS, MFD RCSI, FDS(OM) RCS, Consultant and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, Oral Medicine Unit, Charles Clifford Dental Hospital, 76 Wellesley Road, Sheffield S10 2SZ, UK (

Objective: To describe the presentation of oral candidosis in children and adolescents, the local and systemic predisposing factors and the available management approaches.