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Abstract

Oral biofilms are one of the greatest challenges in dental research. The present study aimed to investigate initial bacterial colonization of enamel surfaces using fluorescence hybridization (FISH) over a 12 h period. For this purpose, bovine enamel slabs were fixed on buccal sites of individual splints worn by six subjects for 2, 6 and 12 h to allow biofilm formation. Specimens were processed for FISH and evaluated with confocal laser-scanning microscopy, using probes for eubacteria, species, species, and . The number of adherent bacteria increased with time and all tested bacterial species were detected in the biofilm formed . The general percentage composition of the eubacteria did not change over the investigated period, but the number of streptococci, the most frequently detected species, increased significantly with time (2 h: 17.7±13.8 %; 6 h: 20.0±16.6 %; 12 h: 24.7±16.1 %). However, ≤1 % of the surface was covered with bacteria after 12 h of biofilm formation . In conclusion, FISH is an appropriate method for quantifying initial biofilm formation , and the proportion of streptococci increases during the first 12 h of bacterial adherence.

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