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The oral microbiota: living with a permanent guest
DNA and Cell Biology
  • Maria Avila, University of Florida
  • David M. Ojcius, University of California, Merced
  • Ozlem Yilmaz, University of Florida
ORCiD
David M. Ojcius: 0000-0003-1461-4495
Document Type
Article
DOI
10.1089/dna.2009.0874
Publication Date
8-1-2009
Abstract
The oral cavity of healthy individuals contains hundreds of different bacterial, viral, and fungal species. Many of these can associate to form biofilms, which are resistant to mechanical stress or antibiotic treatment. Most are also commensal species, but they can become pathogenic in responses to changes in the environment or other triggers in the oral cavity, including the quality of an individual's personal hygiene. The complexity of the oral microbiome is being characterized through the newly developed tools of metagenomics. How the microbiome of the oral cavity contributes to health and disease is attracting the interest of a growing number of cell biologists, microbiologists, and immunologists.
Citation Information
Maria Avila, David M. Ojcius and Ozlem Yilmaz. "The oral microbiota: living with a permanent guest" DNA and Cell Biology Vol. 28 Iss. 8 (2009) p. 405 - 411 ISSN: 1044-5498
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/david-ojcius/227/