The human oral cavity is home to numerous microorganisms. Trichomonas tenax (Trichomonas buccalis) is a regular guest of human oral cavity microorganism. It is an anaerobic species that lives as a commensal in the mouth of human oral cavity. It is frequently associated with pyogenic organisms in pus pockets or at the base of teeth. There are studies that relate to its prevalence in patients with Marginal Chronic Periodontitis. Transmission is through saliva, droplet spray, and kissing or use of contaminated dishes and drinking water. World widely, its prevalence in the mouth ranges from 4 to 53%. The detection of T. tenax in the human oral cavity is an indication of hygiene poor oral, so that its incidence increases significantly in patients with periodontal problems, this being three to four times higher than in periodontal healthy subjects.
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