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Why Your Teeth Make Biofilm


Posted on 1/17/2017 by Office Manager
A woman about to brush her teeth to help remove biofilm.
Biofilm is the bacterial buildup that covers your teeth, leaving them feeling fuzzy, that ideally gets brushed off about every 12 hours. It is a form of protection from the constantly wet and dirty environment that the mouth provides.

Normally, tartar is a type of biofilm that gets cleaned off when you brush and floss. Biofilm that gets left behind after cleaning turns into plaque, and that is what your dentist cleans off from your teeth.

The Danger of Having Biofilm Buildup on Your Teeth


When biofilm builds up on your teeth, it causes inflammation and tooth decay. If the plaque builds up at the base of the tooth, along the gum line, it can cause gum disease.

Biofilm is a large grouping of bacteria that will only grow for as long as you leave it there untreated. The only way to be able to get hardened bits of biofilm, also known as plaque, off of your teeth is to have your dentist go in and clean your teeth off.

To do this, your dentist is going to have to go in and scrape that plaque off. If it has migrated its way below the gum line, then they will have to do what is called scaling and root planing. This means they pull the gums away from the tooth and scrape the plaque away all the way down to the root of your tooth.

Once the biofilm has been removed from your teeth, you can then go back to having a healthy mouth that is free of constant pain and inflammation. In order to see what levels of plaque you have built up in your mouth, you need to go in and see your dentist. They can take a look in your mouth and give you a much better idea of what needs to be done to get your mouth totally healthy.

Please contact our office today if you have any questions about biofilm on your teeth.

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