The oral microbiota: dynamic communities and host interactions
The oral microbiota: dynamic communities and host interactions, Published online: 09 October 2018; doi:10.1038/s41579-018-0089-x
The dynamic and polymicrobial oral microbiota is a direct precursor of diseases such as dental caries and periodontitis. In this Review, Lamont, Koo and Hajishengallis discuss the mechanisms by which oral microbial communities develop and become functionally specialized. They also examine the progression of polymicrobial communities towards pathogenicity.