Oral microbial ecology; current research and new perspectives.


Oral microbial ecology; current research and new perspectives.

Ed. by Nicholas S. Jakubovics and Robert J. Palmer Jr.

Caister Academic Press


232 pages




The current estimate is that about 700 species-level phylotypes are indigenous to the human oral cavity, though others may move through at various time scales. Few of them can live in the neighboring habitats of the nasopharynx or skin, so are confined to the mouth. Here microbiologists from North America, Europe, and China review recent developments and the current knowledge of the population and its niche. The topics include microbial populations in oral biofilms, bacterial catabolism of salivary substrates, the role of the extracellular polysaccharides matrix in virulent oral biofilms, a holistic view of interspecies bacterial interactions within human dental plaque, biofilms in periodontal health and disease, oral biofilms as a reservoir for extra-oral pathogens: ventilator-associated pneumonia, and probiotics as a possible tool in oral health care. Distributed in the US by ISBS.

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