Oral candidosis (thrush) is a common clinical problem seen in
various groups of patients. Oral thrush can appear as the typical
white plaques, but this is not the only clinical presentation.
More commonly, denture stomatitis is seen in patients wearing
either partial or complete dentures. Angular cheilitis, redness
and cracking at the corners of the mouth, is also common in these
patients. In the case of oral candidosis, there is generally either
a local or systemic factor that predisposes the patient to this
disease. Candidosis is aptly called the disease of the diseased
whether this represents a local disturbance or a systemic condition.
An important point to note is that the presence of oral thrush
merely signals the presence of a predisposing factor, which in
itself should be identified and treated.
Oral thrush/psuedomembranous candidosis in patient using asthma
Denture stomatitis/chronic atrophic candidosis under partial acrylic
Angular cheilitis in an elderly male.