The "Critters" That Cause Cavities
Researchers in the dental field are continuously working to gain a better understanding of oral disease to provide methods for integrating those findings in clinical settings.
There are several strains of bacteria that can be found in the mouth. In a recent study, researchers collected biofilms between the teeth of 25 adults with no dental caries (decay). It was found that Streptococcus mutans, a cavity-producing bacteria, was present in 28% of the sites tested, even though the subjects had no existing decay.
This tells us that everyone, even those with good oral health, is at risk for decay. While there’s no standard dental therapy at this time that includes microbiological-based approaches, ...