Streptococcus mutans- An Overview

Streptococcus mutans

What is Streptococcus mutans? Streptococcus mutans is a Gram-positive coccus that is a major inhabitant of the oral cavity and is considered a significant contributor of tooth decay and cavities. Streptococci are spherical or ovoid cells, arranged in chains or pairs where many species are members of the commensal microflora on mucosal membranes of humans or animals, and some are …

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Streptococcus mitis- An Overview

Streptococcus mitis

What is Streptococcus mitis? Streptococcus mitis is a Gram-positive coccus belonging to the viridians group of Streptococci as well as the mitis group. It is a commensal organism that colonizes different areas of the human body like the oropharynx, skin, and gastrointestinal and genital tract as a part of the normal flora. It is an important species of the genus …

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Streptococcus anginosus- An Overview

Streptococcus anginosus

What is Streptococcus anginosus? Streptococcus anginosus is a Gram-positive bacterium that is present in the mouth, upper respiratory tract, gastrointestinal tract, and vagina as a normal inhabitant. S. anginosus belongs to the anginosus subgroup of viridans streptococci which was traditionally called the ‘milleri group’. However, the name is now pseudotaxonomic as the idea that all the members in the group …

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Streptococcus bovis- An Overview

Streptococcus bovis

What is Streptococcus bovis? Streptococcus bovis is a Gram-positive bacterium that belongs to the bovis/equinus complex of the viridans Streptococci. It is present in the gastrointestinal tract of humans as a normal inhabitant, along with other Streptococcus species. However, it is present in much fewer numbers than other such species. Previously S. equinus and S. bovis were considered as two …

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Streptococcus agalactiae- An Overview

Streptococcus agalactiae

What is Streptococcus agalactiae? Streptococcus agalactiae is a Gram-positive, non-motile, non-spore-forming coccus that is the only member of the Group B of the Lancefield antigen grouping. It is a β-hemolytic, catalase-negative, facultative anaerobe that consists of ten different serotypes, separated on the basis of the immunologic reactions of their capsular polysaccharide. Because it is the only species present in the …

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