Ah Strep. Mutans – we hardly knew yee
According to researchers from Boston the primary culprit in EEC (Early Childhood Carries) is the bacterium called Streptococcus mutans. However, they have also identified a new species of bacteria that might be the same harmful, called Scardovia wiggsiae.
The reports of the study have been published in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology.
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Anne Tanner from the Forsyth Institute (The Department of Molecular Genetics) in Cambridge US, states that the main goal of the study was to see which are those species of bacteria that must be suppressed in order to prevent thecavity formation in children.