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Original Article

Quantitative Correlation of Salivary Streptococcus Mutans Count amongst Siblings and their Mothers

Avninder Kaur, Neerja Kakkar, Manjeet Kaur, Shivesh Acharya

Keywords : Streptococcus Mutans, S. Mutans, siblings, horizontal transmission, quantitative analysis

Citation Information : Kaur A, Kakkar N, Kaur M, Acharya S. Quantitative Correlation of Salivary Streptococcus Mutans Count amongst Siblings and their Mothers. 2017; 5 (2):90-96.

DOI: 10.1055/s-0038-1672089

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Published Online: 20-09-2017

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Aim: The present study was planned to analyze quantitative correlation of salivary Streptococcus Mutans (S. Mutans) in siblings and their mothers. Materials and Methods: Quantitative analysis of S. Mutans in saliva was performed using Dentocult SM strip mutans kit (Orion Diagnostica, Helsinki, Finland) in closely related members of the family i.e. siblings along with their mothers. Results: S. Mutans count between the siblings showed positive correlation which was statistically highly significant. The younger childrens' S. Mutans count was very highly correlated (rs = 0.711) with the mothers' as compared to that of the older children (rs = 0.412). The S. Mutans count was found to be associated with caries score and was statistically significant. A statistically highly significant positive association was also found with the plaque score. Conclusion: The correlation between the S. Mutans count of related individuals has been reaffirmed. S. Mutans is positively associated with dental caries.

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