Antimicrobial systems of human whole saliva in relation to dental caries, cariogenic bacteria, and gingival inflammation in young adults.

@article{Grhn1988AntimicrobialSO,
  title={Antimicrobial systems of human whole saliva in relation to dental caries, cariogenic bacteria, and gingival inflammation in young adults.},
  author={E M Gr{\aa}hn and Jorma Tenovuo and O. P. Lehtonen and Erkki Eerola and Pekka Vilja},
  journal={Acta odontologica Scandinavica},
  year={1988},
  volume={46 2},
  pages={67-74}
}
The association of salivary antibody (total IgA, IgG, and IgM and antibodies reactive with Streptococcus mutans) and non-antibody (lysozyme, lactoferrin, salivary peroxidase, myeloperoxidase, hypothiocyanite, thiocyanate) defense factors with oral health (past and present dental caries, gingival bleeding, the number of salivary S. mutans and lactobacilli) were studied in 50 naval recruits. Dental caries was significantly associated with large amounts of S. mutans, lactobacilli, and total… CONTINUE READING

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