The Never Ending Pest - Biofilm
As the cause for two of the most common oral diseases - caries and periodontal disease - dental biofilm can be a huge problem for many people. From the moment a baby is born and takes its first breath, microbes begin to reside in and colonise the mouth. Unfortunately, mothers are usually the ones to introduce pathogenic bacteria to their babies by tasting food, sharing utensils or doing anything that transfers their saliva to their children.
Once the teeth erupt, oral bacteria is free to wreck havoc. If left untreated, the biofilm causes inflammation of the tissue that can ultimately result in tooth loss if left untreated in a susceptible host. It is important to understand that 'plaque' is not simply a film on the teeth but a complex community of bacteria that reside in a well-organized matrix with resistance to antimicrobial agents. Hence, professional debridement plays a key role in eliminating biofilm. The goal is to keep the oral flora in balance with the understanding that biofilm cannot be totally eradicated from the mouth. The most important strategy in maintaining this balance is an effective oral health routine.