The Relationship between Serum and Salivary Antibodies and Cell-Mediated Immunity in Oral Disease in Man
Immunity to diseases of the mouth shows considerable complexity, as the three principal immune systems, secretory and serum antibodies and cell mediated immunity, can be involved in the development and course of the diseases. Humoral and cellular immune responses to the commensal organisms, as well as to the aggregation of bacteria and their products on the tooth surface (bacterial plaque), have been studied recently. The immune responses to fungal, viral, Gram-positive and Gram-negative organisms in normal subjects, and in patients with the disease these organisms may cause, are worthy of analysis, as they may clarify the factors responsible for protection.
KeywordsSerum Antibody Bacterial Plaque Streptococcus Mutans Stimulation Index Oral Disease
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