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Oral Biosciences & Medicine

Edited by Birgitte Nauntofte, Jesper Reibel. Peter A. Reichart, Jim Sciubba, and Joanna M. Zakrzewska

Official publication of the European Society for Oral Laser Applications

ISSN 1742-3287

Oral Biosciences & Medicine

Year 2005
Volume 2 , Issue 2

Pages: 163 - 165

Facing Facts - Making Sense of Oral Infection

Kilian, Mogens

The recent application of advanced genetic and bioinformatic methods reveal an overwhelming diversity in dental biofilms. Not only do dental biofilms show a considerable degree of individuality, but host genetics may also be crucial to the response to the microbial challenge. The attempts to incriminate single species in the etiology of caries and periodontal diseases may have been too simplistic. Although the challenge posed by this complexity may seem insurmountable, ongoing studies using new comprehensive approaches to understanding both the microbial challenge and the host response in vivo render significant progress in the near future realistic.

Keywords: dental plaque, biofilm, biodiversity, etiology


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