Dental Caries – A Disease!
The Dental Plaque Microbiome in Health and Disease
Dental caries is the single most common disease in childhood with a prevalence rate five times higher than the next most prevalent disease, asthma. Dental caries remains a significant public health issue in children worldwide. Over 50% of children in the United States 5-to 9-years-old have at least one cavity or filling, and that increases to 78% among 17-year-olds. These adverse outcomes are disproportionately present in disadvantaged segments of the United States population including children, adults and the elderly. It has been shown that dental care is the most common unmet need among children in the United States.
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Article Source: The Dental Plaque Microbiome in Health and Disease
(2013) The Dental Plaque Microbiome in Health and Disease. PLoS ONE 8(3): e58487. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0058487