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Chlorhexidine susceptibilities of mutans streptococcal serotypes and ribotypes.

The susceptibilities of 379 clinical mutans streptococcal isolates to chlorhexidine (CHX) were tested by agar dilution according to the standards of the National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards. Isolates were obtained from saliva samples of 34 young mothers who had high or moderate salivary levels of mutans streptococci at baseline. Samples were collected on three occasions, before childbirth, when each child was 6 months old, and 1 year later. Of these isolates, 50% were inhibited at 1 microgram of CHX per ml, 90% were inhibited at 2.0 micrograms/ml, and all were inhibited at 4.0 micrograms/ml. The MICs for Streptococcus mutans isolates (serotypes c, e, and f) were lower than those for Streptococcus sobrinus isolates (serotypes d and g). In some subjects, the MICs for isolates of the same serotype were different. This phenomenon was studied by ribotyping isolates (n = 45) from selected subjects (n = 7). It was found that if there were intraindividual differences in the MICs for isolates of the same serotype, then the ribotypes of these isolates were different. In order to decrease the mutans streptococcal infection risk for children, 24 mothers (test group) brushed their teeth periodically with a gel that contained 0.3% CHX digluconate and 0.2% NaF, pH 5.8, between the second and third sampling occasions. The gel was used twice a day for the first 10 days of each month. Development of resistant strains during CHX-NaF gel use was not detected. The serotype distribution of isolates from the test group after 1 year of periodic CHX-NaF gel use did not differ from that at baseline. Periodic CHX-NaF gel brushing did not lead to lower salivary mutans streptococcal counts.[1]


  1. Chlorhexidine susceptibilities of mutans streptococcal serotypes and ribotypes. Grönroos, L., Mättö, J., Saarela, M., Luoma, A.R., Luoma, H., Jousimies-Somer, H., Pyhälä, L., Asikainen, S., Alaluusua, S. Antimicrob. Agents Chemother. (1995) [Pubmed]
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