Oral Candidate Carriage and the Quality of Life Among Toacco Users (Paperback)
Oral candidal carriage refers to the presence of the yeast Candida in the oral cavity. This is a common condition and is often asymptomatic, meaning it does not cause any symptoms. However, in some individuals, it can lead to the development of oral thrush, which is a fungal infection characterized by white patches on the tongue, cheeks, and roof of the mouth.
Tobacco use, including smoking and smokeless tobacco, has been associated with an increased risk of oral candidal carriage and oral thrush. This may be due to the fact that tobacco use can weaken the immune system and make it more difficult for the body to fight off infection. Additionally, the use of smokeless tobacco can lead to dry mouth, which can create an environment in which Candida can thrive.
Tobacco use can also have a negative impact on quality of life. It is a well-established risk factor for various diseases such as lung cancer, heart disease, and stroke, which can greatly affect an individual's overall health and well-being. Additionally, smoking can lead to bad breath, stained teeth, and a decreased sense of taste and smell, which can also negatively impact an individual's quality of life.