Ecological Significance of Coaggregation among Oral Bacteria

  • Paul E. Kolenbrander
  • Jack London
Part of the Advances in Microbial Ecology book series (AMIE, volume 12)


The human oral ecosystem is an ecologist’s paradise. It is readily accessible to the investigator and contains greater than 325 species of bacteria. Within a few hours after a tooth is professionally cleaned, a succession of genera of bacteria repopulate the tooth surface. These primary colonizers are also involved in the succession of genera that accompany the progressive changes at a tooth site, when the clinical condition changes from healthy through gingivitis to the advancing stages of periodontal disease.


Tooth Surface Dental Plaque Gingival Crevicular Fluid Primary Colonizer Oral Bacterium 
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  • Paul E. Kolenbrander
    • 1
  • Jack London
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Microbial EcologyNational Institute of Dental Research, National Institutes of HealthBethesdaUSA

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