March 2024

Volume 41, Issue 1

Oral microbiome research – a call for equity and inclusion

Authors: Lisa M. Jamieson
doi: 10.1922/CDH_IADR24JamiesonIntro02


[Special issue of Community Dental Health, to be disseminated at the ‘The oral microbiome – from cells to populations’ International Association for Dental Research symposium, March 2024, New Orleans, USA] Over 700 oral bacterial species have been identified in human populations, with ~200 bacterial species identified in any given individual mouth. The relationship between the oral microbiome and health is evidenced in many studies, with dysbiosis (a shift from a healthy to less healthy state of microbial community) associated with dental caries, periodontitis, halitosis and oral cancer. However, oral microbiome research to date has focused primarily on European populations, particularly those in large urban centres housing academic institutions with access to research funding. Key anthropological perspectives examining the sociocultural, epidemiological, genetic and environmental factors that influence the oral microbiome have also been Euro-centric. Very little is known about how the oral microbiome mediates both oral and general disease risks specifically within Indigenous and other vulnerable populations. Undertaking oral microbiome research in under-served communities requires consideration of many issues often unfamiliar in the broader research community, including being acceptable, relevant and of perceived benefit to the communities being studied.


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