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Title: Similarity of the oral microbiota of pre-school children with that of their caregivers in a population-based study
Authors: Tanner, A.
Milgrom, P.
Kent, R. Jr.,
Mokeem, S.
Page, R.
Liao, S.
Riedy, C.
Bruss, J.
Keywords: Actinobacillus; actinomycetemcomitans; actinomyces; bacteroides forsythus; caregiver microbiota; pre-school children
Issue Date: 2002
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Citation: Oral Microbiology and Immunology; 17(6): 379-387
Abstract: This study evaluated the similarity between the oral microbiota of young children and that of their adult caregivers. Oral samples from children (174 dentate and 18 pre-dentate) aged 6-36 months and their caregivers in Saipan were assayed using a DNA probe assay. Many species including Streptococcus mutans, Streptococcus sobrinus, Actinomyces species, Campylobacter rectus, Fusobacterium nucleatum, Prevotella intermedia, and Porphyromonas gingivalis were detected in dentate and pre-dentate children, whereas Bacteroides forsythus was detected only in dentate children. A higher percentage of children were positive for the detection of an individual species if the caregiver was also positive. There were significant relative risks of species detection between dentate children and their caregivers. By logistic regression, there were significant positive associations between species detection in caregiver and in child, but not between species detection and child age or maternal education level. In conclusion, dental pathogens were detected in young, including pre-dentate, children. The microbial profiles of children were strongly associated with the microbiota of their caregivers.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/16105
ISSN: 0902-0055
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