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Infect Dis Clin North Am. 2007 Jun;21(2):471-502, vii.

Dental caries and periodontitis: contrasting two infections that have medical implications.

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Department of Biological and Materials Science, School of Dentistry, University of Michigan, Room 3209, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA. wloesche@umich.edu

Abstract

Both dental decay and periodontal disease are diagnosable and treatable bacterial infections. They are distinctly different infections, with dental decay occurring on the supragingival surfaces of the teeth and periodontal infections occurring in the gingival tissue approximating the subgingival plaque. The bacteria involved and the pathophysiology of these infections are distinctly different.

PMID:
17561079
DOI:
10.1016/j.idc.2007.03.006
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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