Generic question: biofilms and sugar

Jean Barbeau barbeauj at MEDENT.UMontreal.CA
Tue Dec 1 14:30:46 EST 1998

Dear Jaime,

I think that part of the answer you are looking for can be found in dental
plaque studies.  Streptococcus mutans an inhabitant of dental plaque
produce abundant exopolysaccharides when grown in the presence of sucrose.

Excellent review articles can be found on S. mutans biofilms and on oral
biofilm in general:

1.Marsh PD.  Bradshaw DJ.Physiological approaches to the control of oral
    Advances in Dental Research.  11(1):176-85, 1997 Apr.

2. Bowden GH.  Li YH. Nutritional influences on biofilm development. [Review].
 Advances in Dental Research.  11(1):81-99, 1997

3.Burne RA.  Oral streptococci... products of their environment. [Review]
Journal of Dental Research.  77(3):445-52, 1998

4.Scheie AA. Mechanisms of dental plaque formation. [Review] Advances in
Dental Research.  8(2):246-53, 1994.

5.Rolla G.  Scheie AA.  Ciardi JE. Role of sucrose in plaque formation.
[Review] Scandinavian Journal of Dental Research.  93(2):105-11, 1985

I would guess that you will find interesting informations in these papers.

Good luck.


Jean Barbeau
Faculté de médecine dentaire
Université de Montréal
Montréal, Québec
CP 6128, Succursale Centre-Ville
H3C 3J7

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