WXXI Local Stories
Tue June 21, 2011
Conference on Mouth Microbes Opens in Rochester
By Kate O'Connell
Rochester, NY – The University of Rochester center for oral biology hosted a conference on oral microbiomes. The conference attracted almost 100 scientists to swap information, ideas and research.
They live, they thrive, they die. And they do it all in your mouth. Hundreds of species of bacteria are active in our mouths every day and this week Rochester is helping to dig a little deeper into the goings on between our teeth. Conference chair, Dr. Robert Quivey says the main aim of the conference is to build new relationships between the best minds both within, and outside, the oral biology community.
With up to 1,000 species of bacteria swimming around in everyone's mouths, there certainly is a lot to talk about.
These species collectively have around two million genes and Quivey says those attending the conference hope to gain some understanding of how these genes affect our mouths, and the rest of our body.
Although this isn't a topic you would find in most conversations, mouth microbes are all the rage within this conference.
And, as I found, those attending are more than happy to talk about them. People said they are hoping to gain a number of different things from the experience. Rochester's oral microbiome conference has brought internationally renowned scientists from several countries together to examine the many bacteria that exist in our mouths.
We may not think about them all that often, but there are hundreds of them living with us every day.
This week, oral microbes are on the minds and tongues of scientists in Rochester and Quivey says he thinks it's something that can benefit everyone.