Mouth swab




  • Investigation of oral thrush
  • Investigation of gingivitis

Sample requirements

Standard charcoal transport swab

Apply swab firmly to obvious lesions

Place swab into transport medium

Charcoal transport swab

Required information

  • Any clinical feature of suspected local candida infection – please state if recurrent
  • Any clinical features of gingivitis, particularly if severe
  • Presence of ulceration
  • Current or recent antibiotic therapy


Store and transport at room temperature

Turnaround time

Microscopy for Vincent’s Angina is available on day of receipt

Culture 2 – 4 days 

Page last reviewed: 14/01/2014