Getting to the Core of Candida

Candida, also known as, thrush or a yeast infection is depicted by a white creamy tongue and is very difficult to treat.  Candida is often resistant to antifungal remedies.  Soon there may be a new way to manage Candida successfully. Scientists have recently discovered that silver nanoparticles kill candida in the laboratory. Next, these scientists plan to place silver nanoparticles in mouthwash and dentures to prevent the eruption of candida. This is good news for those who are prone to candida, including the young, elderly, and those with weakened immune systems. In fact, seven out of ten denture wearers experience dental stomatitis which is caused by Candida albicans and Candida glabrata.

The research results were published in the Society for Applied Microbiology’s journal Letters in Applied Microbiology.  Researchers examined different sizes of silver nanoparticles to determine their anti-fungal properties against Candida albicans and Candida glabrata- causes of Candida, oral thrush and dental stomatitis. Typically, the microorganism involved with Candida albicans and Candida glabrata form biofilms, making them very difficult to treat. There will be further studies conducted to determine safety and efficacy of the nanoparticle solution.

Researchers hope that the nanoparticles can be safely and effectively placed in mouthwash and dentures to prevent Candida someday in the near future.

If you are interested in dentistry, contact Dr. Mark Sweeney, an Austin Texas cosmetic dentist, for a consultation at 512-380-1300.