What is it about?

The manuscript is about the healthy maturation of the salivary and dental plaque microbiome in U.S. children aged from 1 to 4 years. The paper also describes the differences in the oral microbiome of the children over time and their primary caregivers.

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Why is it important?

It is important to longitudinally characterize the normal development of the oral microbiome in children without dental caries. It gives us knowledge about the healthy oral microbiome and serves as a reference to compare with the microbiome in case of several dental diseases.


We are assessing the differences in the oral microbiome of the children with and without dental caries for 3 years of the study. We are planning to characterize their mycobiome over time.

Dono Kahharova
Academic Center for Dentistry Amsterdam

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This page is a summary of: Maturation of the Oral Microbiome in Caries-Free Toddlers: A Longitudinal Study, Journal of Dental Research, November 2019, SAGE Publications,
DOI: 10.1177/0022034519889015.
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