Oxygen metabolism, oxidative stress and acid-base physiology of dental plaque biofilms

  title={Oxygen metabolism, oxidative stress and acid-base physiology of dental plaque biofilms},
  author={R. E. Marquis},
  journal={Journal of Industrial Microbiology},
  • R. Marquis
  • Published 1 September 1995
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Journal of Industrial Microbiology
Dental plaque is a natural biofilm which has been a focus of attention for many years because of its known roles in caries and periodontal diseases. Acid production by plaque bacteria leads to the erosion of tooth mineral in caries, and the cariogenicity of plaque is related to population levels of acid-tolerant organisms such as mutants streptococci. However, the biofilm character of plaque allows for survival of a diverse flora, including less acid-tolerant organisms, some of which can… 
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