Oral Microbiology - Vaccination Against Oral Infections

Vaccination Against Oral Infections

Dental caries and periodontitis have an infectious etiology and immunization has been proposed as a means of controlling them. However, the approaches vary according to the nature of the bacteria involved and the mechanisms of pathogenesis for these two very different diseases. In the case of dental caries, proteins involved in colonization of teeth by Streptococcus mutans can produce antibodies that inhibit the cariogenic process. Periodontal vaccines are less well developed, but some antigenic targets have been identified.

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