Oral microbiome: a gateway to your health

Na Young Song, Se Young Park, Won Yoon Chung, Young Joon Surh, Kyung Soo Chun, Kwang Kyun Park

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The oral microbiome is the second largest microbial ecosystem after the gut microbiome, containing more than 700 species of microorganisms. The oral cavity provides a humid and warm environment in which microbes\thrive. Although the oral cavity is one of the major microbial habitats, the role of oral microbiota in the human health has been underemphasized. The oral microbiome is closely associated with oral diseases, including dental caries and periodontitis. Furthermore, there is a large body of evidence to show that the oral microbiota can regulate systemic pathogenesis in a similar way to the gut microbiome. Here, we will review the role of the oral microbiome in the human health and disease, particularly in two aspects: oral and systemic implications.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMicrobiome, Immunity, Digestive Health and Nutrition
Subtitle of host publicationEpidemiology, Pathophysiology, Prevention and Treatment
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780128222386
ISBN (Print)9780128222393
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Jan 1

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Health Professions
  • General Medicine


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