Establishment of Streptococcus mutans in infants induces decrease in the proportion of salivary α-haemolytic bacteria.

@article{Kawaguchi2012EstablishmentOS,
  title={Establishment of Streptococcus mutans in infants induces decrease in the proportion of salivary α-haemolytic bacteria.},
  author={Mamoru Kawaguchi and Tomonori Hoshino and Takashi Ooshima and Taku Fujiwara},
  journal={International journal of paediatric dentistry},
  year={2012},
  volume={22 2},
  pages={139-45}
}
OBJECTIVE For paediatric dentists, an indicator to assess caries risk of infants is very important. Conventionally, the number and/or proportions of Streptococcus mutans have been employed as risk indicator; however, because such figures reflect the existing situation, they are not suitable for assessing caries risk of infants that have not yet been infected with S. mutans. Thus, we searched for an indicator for the establishment of S. mutans. METHODS To evaluate the changes caused by the… CONTINUE READING
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