Next Article in Journal
Vitamin B12 in Health and Disease
Next Article in Special Issue
Pilot-scale Production and Viability Analysis of Freeze-Dried Probiotic Bacteria Using Different Protective Agents
Previous Article in Journal
1H NMR Fingerprinting of Soybean Extracts, with Emphasis on Identification and Quantification of Isoflavones
Open AccessReview

Streptococcus mutans, Caries and Simulation Models

Danisco Finland, Sokeritehtaantie 20, 02460 Kantvik, Finland
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Nutrients 2010, 2(3), 290-298;
Received: 24 December 2009 / Accepted: 23 February 2010 / Published: 2 March 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Food and Function 2009)
PDF [386 KB, uploaded 2 March 2010]


Dental caries and dental plaque are among the most common diseases worldwide, and are caused by a mixture of microorganisms and food debris. Specific types of acid-producing bacteria, especially Streptococcus mutans, colonize the dental surface and cause damage to the hard tooth structure in the presence of fermentable carbohydrates e.g., sucrose and fructose. This paper reviews the link between S. mutans and caries, as well as different simulation models that are available for studying caries. These models offer a valuable approach to study cariogenicity of different substrates as well as colonization of S. mutans. View Full-Text
Keywords: Caries; Streptococcus mutans; carbohydrates; simulation; hydroxyapatite; artificial saliva Caries; Streptococcus mutans; carbohydrates; simulation; hydroxyapatite; artificial saliva

Figure 1

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Forssten, S.D.; Björklund, M.; Ouwehand, A.C. Streptococcus mutans, Caries and Simulation Models. Nutrients 2010, 2, 290-298.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics



[Return to top]
Nutrients EISSN 2072-6643 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top