does Streptococcus mutans Live?"
Streptococcus mutans, also referred to as S. mutans, inhabits the mouth of all
humans. The mouth is populated by great numbers of Streptococci
plaques developing on the surfaces of teeth. Teeth contain
approximately 10'' streptococci per gram wet weight (John, Lewis).
This species, Streptococcus mutans, make up thirty to sixty percent
of the total bacteria inhabiting the surfaces of human teeth, tongue,
cheeks, and in saliva (John, Lewis). S. mutans share their
habitat with many other types of bacteria, a few species of fungi, and
protozoa. A common bacterium that shares a home with
Streptococcus mutans is Streptococcus sorbrinus. This
bacteria is very similar to S. mutans and
is commonly lumped together when the relationship of bacteria and dental
caries is studied.
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