Background: Denture-related stomatitis is a disorder that often affects denture wearers. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the total candidal colony count in saliva between completely edentulous denture wearers and non wearers. Materials and methods: Forty edentulous patients of which 20 are completely edentulous denture wearers and 20 patients are completely edentulous non wearers are considered for the study. Total candidal colony count in saliva between these study groups have been estimated. Results: The total number of candidal colonies between denture wearers and non-wearers was statistically significant (P=0.049). Conclusion: The amount of candidal organism in saliva has been significantly altered by wearing dentures.
Key words: Candida albicans, denture-related Stomatitis, denture wearers.