Are mutans streptococci detected in preschool children a reliable predictive factor for dental caries risk? A systematic review.

@article{Thenisch2006AreMS,
  title={Are mutans streptococci detected in preschool children a reliable predictive factor for dental caries risk? A systematic review.},
  author={N L Thenisch and Lucas M. Bachmann and Thomas N. Imfeld and T Leisebach Minder and Johann Steurer},
  journal={Caries research},
  year={2006},
  volume={40 5},
  pages={366-74}
}
Research suggests that mutans streptococci play an important role in cariogenesis in children but the usefulness of bacterial testing in risk assessment is unknown. Our objective was to summarize the literature assessing the association of mutans streptococci and dental caries in preschool children, (Pre)Medline (1966-2003), Embase (1980-2003), the Cochrane Register of Controlled Trials (2003, issue 3), and reference lists of included studies were searched. All abstracts found by the electronic… CONTINUE READING