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When Your Mouth has Biofilm, What Does that Mean?

Posted on 9/21/2021 by Dr. VanBrunt
When Your Mouth has Biofilm, What Does that Mean?Your mouth is filled with a wide range of bacteria, both good and bad. If the bacteria is left undisturbed in your mouth, an organized and complex film called the biofilm can develop. The formation of biofilm takes time to occur, but it can lead to various dental illnesses when it does occur.

The Creation of Biofilms

A biofilm is a thin slimy layer of bacteria, which forms on various surfaces in your mouth like the gums, teeth, and tongue. Everyone has a biofilm, but how you take care of your mouth determines how the biofilm will affect your oral health. Therefore, it is important to ensure that the biofilm is kept at minimum levels to prevent it from causing infections. The best way to prevent further growth of biofilm is by regularly brushing, flossing, and rinsing your mouth. If you fail to brush, rinse, or floss your teeth, the biofilm will build up and form a dental plaque that is visible to the naked eye — it is mostly pale yellow in color.

Having a thicker biofilm can cause gum irritation and trigger your body's inflammatory response. As a result, your gums will appear swollen and reddish instead of having their natural pink color and firm state. If this condition is left untreated, gingivitis (an early stage of gum disease) can develop. Given that the condition is in its early stages, it can be reversed with the right medications. However, it can develop into periodontitis (a more advanced form of gum disease) if left untreated.

This underlines the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene. Brushing twice a day and flossing regularly will help keep the biofilm on a minimum level. As a result, your teeth and gum will be in good condition. Visit our offices for more information on the formation of biofilm.

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