Int J Stomatol ›› 2021, Vol. 48 ›› Issue (2): 187-191.doi: 10.7518/gjkq.2021044

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Correlation between Candida albicans, Actinomyces viscosus, and root caries

Xiong Kaixin(),Zou Ling()   

  1. State Key La-boratory of Oral Diseases & National Clinical Research Center for Oral Diseases & Dept. of Cariology and Endodontics, West China Hospital of Stomatology, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610041, China
  • Received:2020-08-13 Revised:2020-11-02 Online:2021-03-01 Published:2021-03-17
  • Contact: Ling Zou;
  • Supported by:
    Key Research and Development Projects of Science and Technology Department of Sichuan Province(2020YFSY0019)


Root caries is the main form of caries among old people. The pathology of root caries is complicated because the root surface contains high composition of organic collagen and possesses a unique microenvironment. Candida albicans and Actinomyces viscous are normal oral microorganisms while both of these two species play important roles in the occurrence and development of root caries because of their properties, such as acid production, acid tolerance, and organism degradation. We review research on the relationship between Candida albicans, Actinomyces viscous, and root caries to provide novel insights into the clinical control of root caries from the perspective of fungal and bacterial control.

Key words: root caries, Candida albicans, Actinomyces viscous, acid production, acid tolerance

CLC Number: 

  • R780.2

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