Is the Black Death of the 14th Century Related to Modern Periodontal Diseases?
Dimensions of Dental Hygiene
DECEMBER 2, 2023
A recent study led by researchers from Pennsylvania State University and Australia’s University of Adelaide suggests a connection between the second plague pandemic of the mid-14th century, also known as the “black death,” and changes in the human oral microbiome. The black death, which claimed 30% to 60% of the European population, may have influenced oral microbiome composition, potentially contributing to chronic diseases in modern humans.