Dental caries is a preventable infectious disease

Aust Dent J. 2000 Dec;45(4):235-45. doi: 10.1111/j.1834-7819.2000.tb00257.x.

Abstract

Dental caries is the most common infectious disease affecting humans. The principal causative agents are a group of streptococcal species collectively referred to as the mutans streptococci of which Streptococcus mutans and Streptococcus sobrinus are the most important agents of human caries. This review outlines what is currently known about these ubiquitous pathogens and discusses novel methods for elimination of these bacteria from dental plaque.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Animals
  • Anti-Infective Agents, Local / therapeutic use
  • Antibiosis
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal / therapeutic use
  • Bacterial Adhesion
  • Cariostatic Agents / therapeutic use
  • Chemoprevention
  • Child
  • Dental Caries / microbiology*
  • Dental Caries / prevention & control
  • Dental Plaque / microbiology
  • Dental Plaque / prevention & control
  • Humans
  • Streptococcal Infections / prevention & control*
  • Streptococcal Vaccines
  • Streptococcus mutans* / classification
  • Streptococcus mutans* / physiology
  • Streptococcus sobrinus* / classification
  • Streptococcus sobrinus* / physiology
  • Sweetening Agents / therapeutic use

Substances

  • Anti-Infective Agents, Local
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Cariostatic Agents
  • Streptococcal Vaccines
  • Sweetening Agents