Detection of dental plaque and its potential pathogenicity using quantitative light-induced fluorescence

Eun Song Lee, Elbert de Josselin de Jong, Baek Il Kim

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Quantitative light-induced fluorescence (QLF) technology can detect some dental plaque as red fluorescence. This in vivo study aimed to identify the microbial characteristics of red fluorescent (RF) dental plaque using 16S rRNA gene sequencing and evaluate the correlations between RF plaque and the clinical symptoms of dental diseases. Paired supragingival plaque samples collected from each 10 subjects and consisted of RF and non-RF dental plaques as observed by QLF technology using a 405 nm blue light source for excitation. The characteristics of the bacterial communities in the RF and non-RF plaque samples were compared by sequencing analysis. An increase in microbial diversity was observed in RF plaque compared with the non-RF plaque. There were significant differences in the community compositions between the 2 types of dental plaque. Periodontopathic bacteria were significantly more abundant in the RF plaque than non-RF plaque. The fluorescence intensity of RF plaque was significantly related to the proportion of the periodontopathic bacterial community and the presence of gingival inflammation. In conclusion, the plaque red fluorescence is associated with changes in the microbial composition and enrichment of periodontopathic pathogens, which suggests that RF plaque detected by QLF technology could be used as a risk indicator for gingival inflammation.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere201800414
JournalJournal of Biophotonics
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jul

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Ministry of Education, Grant/Award Number: 2016R1D1A1A09916934; National Research Foundation of Korea

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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