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Infectious ailments of the Mouth: Discusses ailments of the mouth and the way to avoid them.

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3). Because of this shape, it is easy to identify in drawings and pictures. In fact, we know that nearly 350 years ago, Antony van Leeuwenhoek observed these bacteria from the teeth scrapings he sampled under his famous microscopes. Like T. forsythia and F. nucleatum, this bacterium is also Gram negative and anaerobic. T. denticola produces many different products that lead to periodontal disease. Like T. forsythia, this bacterium also produces many proteases that can destroy tissue. In addition, T.

In 1995, Haemophilus influenzae became the first bacterium to have its genome fully sequenced. The project took several years to complete. With greater technology and increased automation, it is now possible to sequence bacterial genomes in a matter of weeks. To date, more than 230 bacterial genomes have been fully sequenced with more being completed all the time. 31 3 The Mouth— A Bacterium’s Dream Home The mouth is a breeding ground for bacteria. It’s warm and moist, accessible, rich in nutrients, and has many surfaces to bind to.

3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions on usage and dilution. Ideally serve only at mealtimes. Keep drinking times short. Use a straw whenever possible. Cooled drinks have less erosive potential. Drinks should not be added to bottles, nor given at night time. Drinks should not be swished around the mouth or held in contact with tooth surfaces. 8. Avoid tooth brushing immediately following consumption of an acidic drink. 9. g. cheese or milk 10. Low erosive beverages may be a valuable alternative to other acidic soft drinks.

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