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TitleIn Vivo Rodent Models for Studying Dental Caries and Pulp Disease Authors
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsHsiao, J, Wang, Y, Zheng, L, Liu, R, Said, R, Hadjiyski, L, Cha, H, Botero, T, Chatzistavrou, X, Dong, Q, Papagerakis, S, Papagerakis, P
JournalOdontogenesis. Methods in Moleculat Biology
Start Page393-403
Keywordscapping, Caries, Pulp Pulp, Streptococcus mutans, Streptococcus sobrinus

Dental caries is an infectious oral disease caused primarily by complex interactions of cariogenic oral flora (biofilm) with dietary carbohydrates on the tooth surface over time. Streptococcus mutans and Streptococcus sobrinus (S. mutans and S. sobrinus) are the most prevalent cariogenic species within the oral biofilm and considered the main etiological agents of caries. Pulp exposure and infection can be caused by trauma, carious lesion, and mechanical reasons. Pulp response to these exposures depends on the state of the pulp as well as the potential bacterial contamination of pulp tissue. Herein, we describe the process of using two in vivo rodent models to study the progression of dental caries and pulp disease: a nutritional microbial model and a pulp disease induction model. The progression of the carious lesion and pulpal infections in both models was assessed by micro-CT imaging and histomorphometric analysis. Moreover, the pulp disease induction models can be used to compare and assess the antibacterial and reparative properties of the different pulp capping materials.