Talk:Transmission of T. Forsythia to humans from a dog bite

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Good job Matt! I always used to think that dogs mouths were cleaner than humans, but your article informed me otherwise and it is important information to know. It was also interesting to learn about the causes of common diseases such as gingivitis. I am not sure if you are aware, but underneath your citations you still have some template things so you should delete those (unless you really like them, then thats fine) but in terms of content and figures I think youve done a really great job!
Yours Truly,
Heath A. Carmichael

Great job!

Great topic, and generally well-rounded research paper touching on the many subject areas of research surrounding Tannerella forsythia. I think this page would benefit from a clarification of the driving question of your research in the introduction, such as something along the lines of "What causes infection from animal bites?" or "We often see plaque buildup on the teeth of our pets - what could be the consequences of a bit from an infected tooth?" or "What bacteria make up plaque buildup in the mouths of mammals?" (no need to be in question form, but just something to "hook" the reader.) You could also explain here why T. forsythia is your choice of pathogen in periodontopathogens, as it is not the most prevalent according to your Table 3 figure. You could emphasize in the introduction that the pathogen has a number of unique characteristics as compared to the other bacteria, such as its S-layer composition and interesting origins of discovery. In the introduction, I would also provide the full name of Tannerella forsythia, just for clarity's sake. You may also want to elaborate a little on why unsuppressed inflammation causes tissue destruction, as a reader might not have prior knowledge to the mechanisms and consequences of inflammation and might be confused as to why such a natural healing immune response would be destructive. This can easily be accomplished by including that, while inflammation promotes healing, it also has an undesirable side effect of collateral damage to nearby healthy tissue due to the products that are released by immune cells to attack the infection, and, when this remains unregulated, could lead to tissue destruction that furthers the growth of the bacteria and perpetuates this process. I really enjoyed the conclusion as it branched out from mammal and dog oral infections to discuss the prevalence of T. forsythia in humans (or lack thereof) as well. Otherwise, I would make sure you have cited all your information, italicize all species and genus names, and remove that template page text at the end of the Reference section. Learned to definitely make sure my pup's teeth are fresh (to the extent normal for a canine) and clean!

-Katie K.