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What Is Dental Biofilm?

Have you ever allowed a cup of hot chocolate to sit too long and it forms a thick film at the very top? How about the slimy film that forms in fish tanks that need to be cleaned or on rocks in a stream of water? Although you may have never heard of the term “dental biofilm”, you are most certainly familiar with it. Just like the examples of the hot chocolate, fish tank or rocks, teeth that haven’t been properly cleaned form a noticeable coating on them comprising of bacteria, viruses and fungi in a vast microbial community.

What is Dental Biofilm?

Dental biofilms, also called dental plaque, attach to living and nonliving surfaces such as a root of a tooth, soft tissues like the cheeks and tongue or a dental implant. They thrive in the gum pockets surrounding your teeth which can lead to gingivitis and gum disease, also known as periodontitis.

There are also the cavity-causing kind of microbes depending on what type of bacteria inhabit your oral cavity. There are roughly over 600 species of bacteria, however, not all of them are disease-causing. In health, they form a symbiotic relationship with the human host.

Maintaining a Healthy Oral Hygiene

But what happens if you don’t brush AND remove the dental plaque/biofilm in between your teeth, and visit your dental office on a regular basis? If the oral biofilm is not disrupted daily, bacteria matures and gives off toxins in the oral cavity which can result in bleeding gums, inflammation and eventually can cause periodontal disease.

Gingivitis is treatable and reversible. Periodontal disease means you have bone loss and is not reversible but can be maintained with proper dental care. With regular dental cleanings, brushing and flossing, water flossing or other inter-proximal cleaning aids, you can maintain a healthy oral environment.

Advanced Cleaning Technology for Controlling Biofilm

At All Smiles Family Dentistry, we take your oral care and dental cleanings to the next level. We offer advanced technology by AIRFLOW Prophlaxis Master, which utilizes erythritol powder. It is combined with air and water to remove plaque biofilm and stains. Erythritol is a minimally abrasive powder whose characteristics include anti-cavity, anti-biofilm and anti-oxidant. It possesses great antimicrobial properties by preventing biofilm from adhering to the tooth surface. Your teeth feel amazingly smooth and appear brighter after one use. Give us a call today to schedule your professional dental cleaning for a healthier brighter smile!

Additional Reading: Guided Biofilm Therapy

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