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Do You Know What Biofilm Is?


Posted on 3/20/2020 by Emerson Todd Rowley, DMD
Do You Know What Biofilm Is?Today, we would like to take a few minutes to speak with our readers about a common oral health problem that many people face without even realizing it, the buildup of biofilm in their mouths.

Biofilm is a layer of thin, slimy bacteria that settles on the surfaces of the mouth, namely the teeth, tongue, and roof. As with most other issues, it starts off minor and can be easily dealt with, but if left untreated, it can become more severe and lead to serious dental concerns.

Early Stages of Biofilm


In the beginning, the presence of biofilm is not even detectible by the naked eye. As it progresses, however, it takes on the visible form of a yellowish plaque on the teeth. While brushing, flossing, and rinsing will help to keep the effects of biofilm to a minimum, it is still not a full-fledged means of defense. In these early stages, it can irritate the gums, leading to a red or swollen appearance as the bodies' inflammatory responses are activated.

Later Stages
As the biofilm becomes thicker and continues to grow, so do the problems associated with it. If left untreated in the earlier stages, it can aid in the development of gingivitis and gum disease. Over a longer period of time it can lead to a more advanced level of gum disease, all the way to periodontal disease. At this point, the problem is very severe and can contribute to such issues as chronic bad breath, mouth discomfort, infection of the bone, and even the loss of teeth.

If you are in need of a checkup to see if you are dealing with biofilm or any other oral health issues, please contact our office to speak with a member of our staff immediately.
Tualatin Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

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8555 SW Tualatin Rd, Tualatin, OR