Dental Plaque Biofilm is an interesting topic of discussion in the oral health community. At Wiggly Teeth, we believe that education and understanding the varying factors that can affect your oral health is the most effective way of preventing dental caries (tooth decay).
What Is A Biofilm?
A biofilm essentially serves as a protective space for bacteria to grow and colonize. It is composed of microorganisms. Biofilms are commonly found in the human body. Dental plaque is a form of biofilm found in the human mouth, presenting as a sticky, yellow coloured film that adheres to the surface of the teeth.
How Does Dental Plaque Microfilm Affect Oral Health?
When not removed, biofilm matures and becomes harmful to oral health, resulting in dental caries, periodontal disease and gingivitis. These dental health concerns can each lead to a host of additional (systemic) problems themselves, including cardiovascular, trouble regulating diabetes, pregnancy complications like low birth weight and premature birth.
What Do You Need To Do?
Dental plaque biofilm can never be completely eliminated ‒ it is a case of reduction and control. The first port of call in preventing the damages caused by dental plaque biofilm is the implementation of a good dental hygiene regimen. This includes regular flossing and brushing (at least twice daily) with an appropriate toothbrush and a toothpaste with antibacterial properties. Keep in mind that teeth themselves only make up a small part of the mouth, so brushing/flossing the teeth and gums and all oral structures are important.
In addition, using a plaque disclosing agent (Red Cote pills or Teaching toothpaste) can help you see where reservoirs of biofilm is located and helo in guiding you to remove it.
Finally, regular appointments with a dentist play a key role in controlling dental plaque microfilm. Dentists prevent a build-up of microfilm with professional cleanings and also perform thorough examinations of the mouth that help identify any dental caries that have begun that creates a rough surface and can help prevent further decay from occurring.
With that said, a healthy amount of good bacteria is essential to have in the mouth. Good bacteria play a key role in protecting your mouth from disease. Without healthy biofilm, the chances of infection occurring increases (e.g. candida/ oral thrush)
When biofilm is not removed it can calcify using the calcium and phosphate in the saliva. The developing calculus is rough and can host more harmful bacteria. This can lead to infection in gums and eventual bone breakdown.
At Wiggly Teeth, our dentists pride themselves on Education and providing integrative children dentistry. We believe in preventative care and early diagnosis to find solutions rather than treating dental caries after serious damage has been done. To make an appointment for you child with one of our dentist who cares, book an appointment today. You can visit our website or give us a call to get in touch.