According to ScienceDaily, researchers have recently discovered a new form of bacteria in the human mouth. Their findings, published in the August issue of the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, could lead to “a better understanding of both tooth decay and gum disease.” The hope is that this new information will eventually lead to new treatments.
Human Mouth Crawling with Bacteria
The human mouth is home to many fun creatures, such as protozoa, fungi, viruses, and bacteria. Sexy isn’t it? Of these creatures, “The bacteria are the most numerous: there are 100 million in every millilitre of saliva and more than 600 different species in the mouth. Around half of these have yet to be named and we are trying to describe and name the new species,” says Professor William Wade from King’s College London Dental Institute.
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What would you have named the new bacteria?