The Relation of Keratinization to Bacterial Colonization on the Baboon Tongue as Demonstrated by Scanning Electron Microscopy

T. B. Aufdemorte, I. L. Cameron

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Abstract

Scanning electron microscopic observations of the baboon tongue demonstrating specificity of microbial distribution as related to epithelial keratinization are presented. The number of bacteria inhabiting a surface was related to the degree of keratinization. Orthokeratotic dorsal tongue surfaces were most heavily colonized by bacteria. The parakeratotic and non-keratinized surfaces were less heavily populated, with non-keratinized areas showing the fewest numbers of bacteria.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1008-1014
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of dental research
Volume60
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1981
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)

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