Oral yeast colonization throughout pregnancy

Rute Rio, Liliana Simões-Silva, Sofia Garro, Mário Jorge Silva, Álvaro Azevedo, Benedita Sampaio-Maia*

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Background: Recent studies suggest that placenta may harbour a unique microbiome that may have origin in maternal oral microbiome. Although the major physiological and hormonal adjustments observed in pregnant women lead to biochemical and microbiological modifications of the oral environment, very few studies evaluated the changes suffered by the oral microbiota throughout pregnancy. So, the aim of our study was to evaluate oral yeast colonization throughout pregnancy and to compare it with non-pregnant women. Material and Methods: The oral yeast colonization was assessed in saliva of 30 pregnant and non-pregnant women longitudinally over a 6-months period. Demographic information was collected, a non-invasive intra-oral examination was performed and saliva flow and pH were determined. Results: Pregnant and non-pregnant groups were similar regarding age and level of education. Saliva flow rate did not differ, but saliva pH was lower in pregnant than in non-pregnant women. Oral yeast prevalence was higher in pregnant than in non-pregnant women, either in the first or in the third trimester, but did not attain statistical significance. In individuals colonized with yeast, the total yeast quantification (Log10CFU/mL) increase from the 1st to the 3rd trimester in pregnant women, but not in non-pregnant women. Conclusions: Pregnancy may favour oral yeast growth that may be associated with an acidic oral environment.

Original languageEnglish
Article number21413
Pages (from-to)e144-e148
JournalMedicina Oral, Patologia Oral y Cirugia Bucal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Fungi
  • Oral yeast
  • Pregnancy
  • Saliva pH


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