What is Biofilm?

October 14, 2014 | Posted in Education

Dental biofilm is a group or colony of microorganisms, which make up plaque in our mouth that stick to our teeth.  This biofilm is not unlike the biofilm that clogs your drains. 
 
These colonies consist of a variety of bacteria, algae, fungi and debris.  Dental biofilm is the cause of gingivitis and periodontitis.  A biofilm in the mouth behaves very differently than single bacteria in the mouth.  A slime layer protects it.  It cannot be treated with antibiotics but must be removed from the teeth using manual methods. 
 
Formation of dental biofilm can happen in a matter of days.  Daily removal and mechanical disruption of the plaque is necessary for healthy teeth and gums.  Brushing at least 2 times a day for 2 minutes and daily flossing is absolutely necessary for your oral health.
 
How is your oral homecare?  Are your gums healthy? Make an appointment with your registered dental hygienist today.  Call us at the Rideau Dental Centre at 613-230-7475.