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Dr. Citra Fragrantia Theodorea

Dr. Citra Fragrantia Theodorea obtained her PhD degree from the Health Sciences University of Hokkaido, Japan in 2018. She is currently working as a Lecturer at Department of Oral Biology, Faculty of Dentistry, Universitas Indonesia. Her long-term research interest is oral microbiology which focuses on microbiome study and oral biomarker study in Non-Communicable diseases (Diabetes and Stunting). She has been working with Dr. Izumi Mashima from Ohu University, Japan under the supervisor of Prof. Futoshi Nakazawa to establish new species of the genus Veillonella such as Veillonella infantium and Veillonella Nakazawae which also have been published.

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“A Game Changer” of Oral Microbiome related to Non Communicable Diseases in Indonesia


Nowadays, Indonesia is struggling to deal with non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The leading causes of mortality and morbidity in Indonesia have been dominated by the NCDs, such as cerebral stroke, heart diseases, diabetes mellitus and impaired development. NCDs are chronic, often asymptomatic and progressive, thus patients usually unaware of the disease until the sign and symptoms of its complications occur. Some inter-population biological studies reported that oral hygiene status might linked to NCDs based on comprehensive observations of gender-, geography-, ethnicity-, lifestyle-specific variations. Recently, the role of the oral microbiome in health and disease have provided insights into the various ecological events that act as drivers to shift the oral microbiota from homeostasis to fatal dysbiosis. However,determination of oral microbiome profile in Indonesia is challenging due to inter-population biology variation. Although Indonesia has high prevalence of NCDs, the oral microbiome data are not investigated yet. Here we show results of oral microbiome study related to NCDs in Indonesia which may be helpful to understand oral microbial configurations of NCDs in certain area of Indonesia. 


Keywords: Indonesia, Non-communicable diseases, Oral Microbiome, Dentistry

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