Mohammed Awadh Al-Shahrani

Department of Dental Education, College of Dentistry, Abha, Saudi Arabia


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    Microbiology of Dental Caries: A Literature Review
    Author(s): Mohammed Awadh Al-Shahrani*

    Aim: to review the current knowledge on dental caries microbiology and critically appraise the literature. Methodology: An electronic search of the available dental literature was done using different databases (PubMed, Google Scholar, Scopus). The following keywords were used: dental caries, carcinogenic bacteria and oral biofilm. In addition, classic textbooks that related to dental caries and oral microbiology were searched. Findings: Oral bacteria can grow in two ways: in planktonic or biofilm forms. In the past, most microbial studies were studies of the planktonic form. Only around 0.1% of oral bacteria grow in the planktonic state. Bacterial cells usually aggregate and attach to the tooth surface to form an oral biofilm. The polysaccharides in the biofilm matrix are a resource that acidogenic bacteria metabolis.. Read More»

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