Estimation of salivary bacteria capable of inhibiting and stimulating Streptococcus mutans, and its correlation to dental caries and untreated carious teeth

S. K. Hegde, K. B.S. Kumar, P. Sudha, S. S. Bhat

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Bacteriocins are bacteriocidal proteinaceous molecules produced by the Gram-positive bacteria not active against the produced strain. Many investigations have revealed that certain bacteria using antibacterial or the inhibitory substance inhibit some other bacteria. A study was conducted in a group of 60 children to ascertain whether any correlation exists between the proportion of salivary bacteria inhibiting and stimulating Streptococcus mutans and the oral health indices (DMFT, deft and Community Periodontal Index of Treatment Needs). A definite inverse correlation was observed between the percentage of salivary inhibiting S. mutans and untreated carious teeth (UCT).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)126-130
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 01-09-2005
Externally publishedYes


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  • Dentistry(all)

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