Accession Number : AD0776222

Title :   'Streptococcus mutans' and the Epidemiology of Dental Caries,

Corporate Author : NAVAL DENTAL RESEARCH INST GREAT LAKES ILL

Personal Author(s) : Shklair,Irving L.

Report Date : JAN 1974

Pagination or Media Count : 11

Abstract : The epidemiology of Streptococcus mutans and its relationship to dental caries was discussed. There are four and possibly five varieties of Strep. mutans. They are universally found in human populations, although there may be strain differences in the populations studied. The organism colonized on children's teeth when suitable tooth surfaces erupt. In children, as well as in young adults, the occlusal and the approximal sites on teeth are the prime sites for colonization of Strep. mutans. There is increasing evidence developing linking the organism directly with the initiation of dental caries. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Dental caries, Bacteria, Epidemiology, Streptococcus, Dentistry

Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE