Mutans streptococci, lactobacilli in saliva and acidity from organismsin dental plaque: changes after restorative treatment
1Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Kagoshima University Dental School, 8-35-1, Sakuragaoka, Kagoshima 890, Japan
2Dental practitioner, Kagoshima-city
DOI: 10.17796/jcpd.28.4.bx254ru7w4146176 Vol.28,Issue 4,October 2004 pp.327-332
Published: 01 October 2004
The effect of restorative dental treatment was evaluated on mutans streptococci and lactobacilli in
saliva, as well as acid production by plaque bacteria. We used semiquantitative culture kits at time
points up to 6 months following treatment. Changes in eating habits and oral hygiene during the study
period were ruled out using a questionnaire. Mutans streptococci, lactobacilli, and acidity all had
decreased significantly at 1 week after treatment. Acidity often was the first variable to return to
pretreatment levels, while abundant at 6 than 3 months. Lactobacilli showed the most durable response
to treatment. Restorative treatment achieves import temporary decreases in caries-associated bacteria,
especially lactobacilli, without influence from potentially relevant behavioral changes. In addition,
follow up examinations at relatively long intervals at least 3 month would appear most effective for
dental health management.
Takanobu Morinushi,Michiko Murayama,Sachiko Kinjyo. Mutans streptococci, lactobacilli in saliva and acidity from organismsin dental plaque: changes after restorative treatment. Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry. 2004. 28(4);327-332.
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