Did you know that there are as many 600 different microbes who live in your mouth? And to know them by name, all you need to turn to is the recently released Human Oral Micro-biome Database (HOMD), which also provides descriptions of each of the microbes (bacteria).
It may not exactly be a riveting read, but researchers working on the subject will find it a useful tool, say the authors, scientists at King's College, London.
These bacteria are thought to be important for maintaining the health of teeth and gums, as well as for general human health. A smaller number are potentially disease causing.
A new microbiology textbook from ASM Press pays more than just lip service to microbes in the mouth. Oral Microbiology and Immunology focuses primarily on the knowledge and understanding of the oral ecosystem and its unique role in human health and disease.
"Microbial diseases of the oral cavity, such as tooth decay or gum disease are among the most common infectious diseases of humans. Despite their importance, most microbiology textbooks pay scant attention to oral microorganisms. This book seeks to redress the balance," says editor Richard Lamont of the University of Florida College of Dentistry.
Intended for dental students, dental practitioners, and health care professionals, the book cohesively details the ecology, virulence, molecular biology, and immunogenicity of oral bacteria, viruses, and fungi and examines their interface with host cells and secretions.
"If you are a dental student, a dental practitioner, or involved in any health-related discipline, this book will provide you with a complete resource on oral microbiology and oral immunology," says Lamont.
Oral Microbiology and Immunology can be purchased through ASM Press online at http://estore.asm.org or through other online retailers.
ASM Press is the book publishing arm of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), the oldest and largest single life science membership organization in the world. The ASM's mission is to promote research in the microbiological sciences and to assist communication between scientists, policy makers, and the public to improve health and foster economic well-being.