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Baehni, P C; Guggenheim, B (1996). Potential of diagnostic microbiology for treatment and prognosis of dental caries and periodontal diseases. Critical Reviews in Oral Biology and Medicine, 7(3):259-277.

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Most evidence suggests that only a finite number of bacteria are responsible for dental caries and periodontal diseases. This knowledge led to the development of microbial tests which can identify suspected pathogens. Current evaluation of the diagnostic power of microbial tests has shown that they have a low sensitivity and a low prognostic value. Despite these shortcomings, there are valid indications for microbiological-based diagnosis. Salivary microbial tests for the detection of mutans streptococci and lactobacilli may be useful, for example, in young children, oligosialic patients, and orthodontic patients. These tests can be used to monitor the success of chemopreventive measures or compliance with dietary recommendations. Microbial diagnosis, may also be valuable in the treatment of early-onset periodontitis or in subjects who respond poorly to periodontal therapy. The use of microbial tests to monitor the efficacy of chemotherapy or mechanical treatment is of particular interest.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Center for Dental Medicine > Institute of Oral Biology
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Deposited On:11 Feb 2008 12:24
Last Modified:28 Nov 2013 01:28
Publisher:Sage Publications
Publisher DOI:10.1177/10454411960070030401
Related URLs:http://crobm.iadrjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/7/3/259
PubMed ID:8909881

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