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Dent. J. 2018, 6(4), 49; https://doi.org/10.3390/dj6040049

Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on the Microbiological Aspects of Endodontics

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Department of Endodontics, Texas A&M University College of Dentistry, Dallas, TX 75246, USA
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Department of Endodontics, Nova Southeastern University, College of Dental Medicine, Davie, FL 33314, USA
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Received: 30 August 2018 / Revised: 20 September 2018 / Accepted: 20 September 2018 / Published: 22 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Endodontic Microbiology)
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Abstract

The microbiota of the oral cavity plays a significant role in pulpal and periapical diseases. Historically, 100 years ago little was known on microbiota, but after a century of investigations, only now can many of the intimate secrets of microbial growth, expansion, persistence, communal activities, and virulence be revealed. However, with the capabilities of the microbiota for mutation, quorum sensing, and information transference, researchers are hard-pressed to keep up with both the changes and challenges that an amazingly wide range of bacterial species pose for both the scientist and clinician. Fortunately, the development and expansion of a vast array of molecular biological investigative techniques have enabled dentistry and its associated medical fields to attempt to keep pace with the wide and fascinating world of oral microbiology. View Full-Text
Keywords: anachoresis; bacteria; biofilms; culturing; extraradicular infections; focal infection; history; microbiology; molecular biology anachoresis; bacteria; biofilms; culturing; extraradicular infections; focal infection; history; microbiology; molecular biology
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Gutmann, J.L.; Manjarrés, V. Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on the Microbiological Aspects of Endodontics. Dent. J. 2018, 6, 49.

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