Geographical differences in human oral yeast flora

Clin Infect Dis. 2003 Jan 15;36(2):221-4. doi: 10.1086/345672. Epub 2002 Dec 19.


The oral yeast flora of healthy humans from eastern North America and China were sampled and compared. Chinese persons harbored a greater number and diversity of yeast species in the mouth. Furthermore, Candida albicans, which is the predominant commensal and etiologic species of candidiasis in Europe and the Western Hemisphere, was relatively rare in China.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Candida albicans / classification
  • Candida albicans / isolation & purification*
  • China
  • Europe
  • Geography
  • Humans
  • Mouth / microbiology*
  • North America