Growth, incidence and activities of dissimilatory sulfate-reducing bacteria in the human oral cavity

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Viable counts and activities of sulfate-reducing bacteria were determined in the oral cavities of 12 healthy volunteers. Of these, 10 harboured viable sulfate-reducing bacteria populations. Six separate sites were sampled: the posterior tongue, anterior tongue, mid buccal mucosa, vestibular mucosa, supragingival plaque and subgingival plaque. Sulfate-reducing bacteria occurred in all areas, with the highest incidence in supragingival plaque. Viable counts and sulfate-reducing activities in each of the regions varied from 0 to 108 cfu (g wet weight)-1 and from 0 to 50 nmol (g wet weight) -1 h-1, respectively. As sulfate-reducing bacteria can be detected in the oral cavity, they may potentially be involved in terminal oxidative processes carried out by the microflora of the mouth. © 1995.

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Willis, C. L., R. Gibson, G., Allison, C., Macfarlane, S., & Holt, J. S. (1995). Growth, incidence and activities of dissimilatory sulfate-reducing bacteria in the human oral cavity. FEMS Microbiology Letters, 129(2–3), 267–271. https://doi.org/10.1016/0378-1097(95)00170-A

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