West China Journal of Stomatology

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Overview of researches for Helicobacter pylori in oral cavity and stomach

Yang Kaiyu, Li Yuqing, Zhou Xuedong   

  1. State Key Labo-ratory of Oral Diseases, West China Hospital of Stomatology, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610041, China
  • Online:2014-06-01 Published:2014-06-01


Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is one of the most common pathogens in human and it is closely related to gastrointestinal diseases. It is essential for us to understand the transmission process of H. pylori to prevent its spreading .The oral cavity has been proposed as a reservoir for gastric H. pylori, which has been detected by culture and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in both dental plaque and saliva. Some researchers have proposed H. pylori in oral cavity may play an important role in its transmission and reinfection. Oral-oral or fecal-oral transmission are thought to be the most possible transmit way. This review will discuss the evidence for the role of the oral cavity in the transmission of H. pylori, the diffi-culties encountered in addressing this topic and possible directions for future research. Oral H. pylori may also play a role in the diagnosis and prevention of deceases related to H. pylori such as gastritis, gastric ulcer and gastric carcinoma. The recent progresses in this area are also reviewed. Moreover, we also discussed the relationship between oral H. pylori and oral deceases like periodontal disease and oral ulcer.

Key words: oral cavity, Helicobacter pylori, transmission, diagnosis