http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=18213731so is this like a super bacteria...wouldn't that be good for business? more cavities??
basically S. mutans makes lactic acid as a byproduct. this acid causes caries. S. oligofermentans takes this lactic acid & converts it into peroxide...an inhibiting agent to S. mutans. luckily (or not), peroxide is used in dental whitening.
There also S. mitis and salivarius that are in the mouth. Also, I think that killing S.mutans would result in decreasing normal flora which I believe is not that good. Just think about what happens when you kill E. coli in your gut with antibiotics. I guess, it's called disbacteriosis and it takes time to regain E.coli back.
And yeah, E.coli + humans = mutualism, S. mutans + humans = parasitism or maybe not ???
Good luck to all of us this appl. cycle.
This newly discovered oral streptococci can out-do every virulent factor of S. mutans that makes it the most cariogenic oral bacteria!! Is the end of 'drill and fill' approaching?