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Prebiotics and Probiotics and Oral Health

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Abstract

The first part of this chapter describes the unique characteristics of the mouth with special emphasis on the oral microbiota. Next, the highly prevalent dental diseases are briefly described together with more rare but still important diseases and symptoms of the mouth. Prevention and treatment of oral and dental diseases are also discussed focusing on aspects considered important with respect to the potential application of prebiotics and probiotics. The second part of the chapter then concentrates on research data on prebiotics and probiotics in the oral health perspective, ending up with conclusions and visions for future research.

Key words

Prebiotics Probiotics Oral health Dental diseases Caries Candida 

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  1. 1.Institute of DentistryUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland

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