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Infect Immun. Apr 1988; 56(4): 726–728.
PMCID: PMC259361

Quantitative relationship of Treponema denticola to severity of periodontal disease.

Abstract

The Treponema denticola content of plaque was quantitatively estimated for samples taken from periodontitis patients as well as periodontally healthy subjects among two separate human populations. The populations studied included military volunteers and civilians at a university dental clinic. The plaque samples from each population were grouped according to pocket depth measurements at the collection site. A biotin-avidin enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay procedure was developed with a monoclonal antibody specific for a serovariety of T. denticola. T. denticola was present at significantly elevated levels in plaque samples collected from deep-pocket sites of patients with severe periodontitis relative to the healthy controls and a group with moderate disease. The ratio of T. denticola content per milligram of plaque in the deep pocket groups to that of the other two groups was about 2:1 for both populations. This is the first quantitative evidence of a positive relationship between a specific spirochete species and severe periodontitis.

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