Image of Candida albicans culture found here. See why it's called "albicans", which means "white"?
Thrush, or oral Candida infections, in the mouths of people with Sjogren's syndrome are unfortunately common. A recent study in Peking sought to learn more about the infecting agents that cause thrush, specifically if sjoggies mouths have a different species of Candida than non-dry-mouth people.
Here's the study objective:
To compare the quantity of the main important Candida species in the oral cavity between the patients with primary Sjogren's syndrome (pSS) and no dry mouth healthy controls, and to explore the discriminative species of fungi between the two groups.The results:
Candida albicans was the dominant Candida in both of the groups. Candida tropicalis and Candida parapsilosis were more detected in the pSS group.Interesting. It appears that a dry mouth and it's altered oral environment will be host to a different mix of organisms that reside there.
You can read more about Candidiasis here. Take a look at the Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation Patient Education sheet entitled: Oral Candidiasis (Thrush) in Sjogren's.
Have you had issues with Candidiasis -- or thrush?