Oral Microbiology and Dental Health Research Theme
Oral microbes cause discomfort, distress, or disease in a large proportion of the population. Dental caries (tooth decay) for example, which is caused by the bacteria present in dental plaque, is one of the most common human diseases, is painful, and costly to treat. Other microorganisms, such as periodontal pathogens and the yeast Candida albicans, are also present in the mouth and can give rise to oral diseases. The University of Otago has a number of pre-eminent research groups investigating various aspects of oral microbiology and dental health and has designated these groups as a major research theme. The research carried out under this theme aims to study the microorganisms responsible for a range of oral diseases, to understand how the diseases are caused, and to devise strategies to prevent them.
Use the links on the menu bar at left to discover more about our research, the people carrying out the research, news articles on our research and links to other oral microbiology web sites. If you would like to contribute to the Theme hit the 'Join the Theme!' link for information on postgraduate research opportunities or how you can collaborate with theme members.
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