African Journal of
Microbiology Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Microbiol. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0808
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJMR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 5183

Full Length Research Paper

Bacterial association and oral biofilm formation: A bibliometric analysis

Luana Kelle Batist Moura
  • Luana Kelle Batist Moura
  • Post Graduation Program, Professional Masters in the Family Health, University Center UNINOVAFAPI, Teresina, Piauí, Brasil.
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Fabrício Ibiapina Tapety
  • Fabrício Ibiapina Tapety
  • Post Graduation Program, Professional Masters in the Family Health, University Center UNINOVAFAPI, Teresina, Piauí, Brasil.
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Mitra Mobim
  • Mitra Mobim
  • Post Graduation Program, Professional Masters in the Family Health, University Center UNINOVAFAPI, Teresina, Piauí, Brasil.
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Eliana Campelo Lago
  • Eliana Campelo Lago
  • Post Graduation Program, Professional Masters in the Family Health, University Center UNINOVAFAPI, Teresina, Piauí, Brasil.
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Eduardo Souza de Lobão Veras
  • Eduardo Souza de Lobão Veras
  • Post Graduation Program, Professional Masters in the Family Health, University Center UNINOVAFAPI, Teresina, Piauí, Brasil.
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Carla Maria de Carvalho Leite Leal Nunes
  • Carla Maria de Carvalho Leite Leal Nunes
  • Post Graduation Program, Professional Masters in the Family Health, University Center UNINOVAFAPI, Teresina, Piauí, Brasil.
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Tanit Clementino Santos
  • Tanit Clementino Santos
  • Post Graduation Program, Professional Masters in the Family Health, University Center UNINOVAFAPI, Teresina, Piauí, Brasil.
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Thiago Lima Monte
  • Thiago Lima Monte
  • Post Graduation Program, Professional Masters in the Family Health, University Center UNINOVAFAPI, Teresina, Piauí, Brasil.
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  •  Received: 18 August 2016
  •  Accepted: 11 October 2016
  •  Published: 21 October 2016

Abstract

Biofilms are complex aggregations of microorganisms formed in any situation where there is contact with superfaces solids, liquids or gases. This study aims to map the international scientific literature on the formation, bacterial adhesion, prevention and treatment of oral biofilms. There were 921 published articles in 274 different journals indexed in the Web of Science, in the 1991-2015 year period. These articles were written by 2804 authors linked to 695 institutions in 59 countries, notably the United States and the United Kingdom. The 17 articles of greater impact were published in the 1995-2009 year period. The relationship between the most important articles shows that the issue is addressed in a broad and diversified approach, points out to a range of possibilities for prevention and treatment, and uses of experimental methods that list mechanisms and combinations able to enter the structure of the biofilm, elucidate the formation process, to bacterial adhesion and to reduce pathogenic bacterial activity and, in some cases, destroying their structure. The descriptive analysis of the main work has shown potential for the development of the area and contributions to improve the prevention and treatment of oral biofilms.

 

Key words: Dental plaque, biofilm, bibliometric analysis.