Posted on 5/30/2019 by Dr. Jon Packman
|When you first come out of the dentist’s chair after a cleaning, you may have noticed that your teeth are beautiful and smooth.
However, it doesn’t seem that the day has even passed by, and your teeth are feeling...well...less smooth. If you’ve often wondered what the heck that stuff is on your teeth, we have some answers for you.
What is Biofilm?
Although biofilm sounds really cool and scientific, it is actually a layer of bacteria that can accumulate on nearly any surface on your body, including your teeth. Dental biofilm is a plaque that forms on your teeth because you have to eat and drink all day. While having biofilm on your teeth is normal, leaving it on your teeth can lead to issues with your oral health. Over time, biofilm can lead to gum disease or cavities, which could mean tooth decay, cavities, or even tooth loss.
There are several ways that you can remove biofilm from your mouth. First, you will need to be sure that you are brushing your teeth twice a day every day for two minutes. When you brush your teeth daily, you are able to remove much of the biofilm from your mouth before it can cause trouble.
Second, you also want to make sure that you are flossing each day as well, since flossing helps to remove biofilm from your mouth by getting into the crevices between your teeth. You can also be sure that you are getting your teeth cleaned and checked by a dental health professional. If you get your teeth cleaned every six months, a dental hygienist can remove the biofilm for you.
If you have questions about your oral health, why not give us a call? We would love to talk to you about your dental needs. Give us a call today.