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Bacteriophages in Dentistry—State of the Art and Perspectives

Visiting Professor, Post-Graduate Program in Dentistry, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul—UFRGS, Porto Alegre 90035-003, Brazil
Department of Biodiversity and Ecology, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul—PUCRS, Porto Alegre 90619-900, Brazil
Department of Morphological Sciences, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul—UFRGS, Porto Alegre 90040-060, Brazil
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Dent. J. 2019, 7(1), 6;
Received: 31 October 2018 / Revised: 17 December 2018 / Accepted: 7 January 2019 / Published: 9 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Endodontic Microbiology)
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Bacteriophages, viruses capable of killing bacteria, were discovered in 1915, but the interest in their study has been limited since the advent of antibiotics. Their use in dentistry is still very limited. The authors reviewed studies about bacteriophage structure, mode of action, uses in oral health, and possible future uses in dentistry associated with their possible action over biofilm, as well as the advantages and limitations of phage therapy. View Full-Text
Keywords: bacteriophages; dentistry; biofilm bacteriophages; dentistry; biofilm

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