Diseases caused by oral bacteria

Phillip Marsh*

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    The chapter describes the characteristic and diverse collection of microorganisms that generally live in harmony with, and provide benefit to, the host by contributing to the normal development of the physiology and host defences of the oral cavity. The chapter then explains how this harmony can break down on occasions owing to changes in the local environment, which increases the competitiveness of previously minor components of the microbiota, thereby increasing the risk of dental caries and periodontal diseases. The chapter concludes by describing how many oral microbes are also opportunistic pathogens and can cause acute and chronic infection either within the mouth or at distant sites in the body.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationFood Constituents and Oral Health
    Subtitle of host publicationCurrent Status and Future Prospects
    PublisherElsevier Inc.
    Number of pages16
    ISBN (Print)9781845694180
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2009


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