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Oral infections – introduction 

Oral infections – introduction
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Oral infections – introduction
Author(s):

Susan Brailsford

and David Beighton

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199543588.003.0017
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date: 22 October 2019

Chapter 17 give and introduction to oral infections, and discusses how oral microbial diseases are almost always due to endogenous organisms, which are part of the normal oral microbiota (i.e. commensal organisms). Thus, changes in environmental conditions (such as reduced salivary flow, prescription of antimicrobial agents, excess consumption of dietary sugars) may result in a shift in the normal oral microbiota with proliferation of organisms capable of causing oral disease.

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