Biofilm, also known as dental plaque, is a community of microorganisms that adheres to surfaces in the oral cavity, including teeth and dental restorations. This biofilm plays a significant role in the development of various oral diseases, such as dental caries (cavities) and periodontal (gum) disease. We prioritize efficient biofilm control as a crucial aspect of maintaining oral health and preventing oral diseases. We partner with our patients to educate them about the importance of routine and effective homecare, which includes the following practices:
- Toothbrushing: Regular toothbrushing is one of the primary ways to remove dental biofilm from tooth surfaces. We emphasize using a toothbrush with soft bristles and fluoride toothpaste to effectively dislodge the biofilm and prevent its buildup.
- Flossing: Dental floss is an essential tool to clean the spaces between teeth where toothbrushes cannot reach effectively. Flossing helps remove biofilm and debris from these areas, reducing the risk of gum disease and promoting healthier gums.
Our dental hygienists employ various additional techniques and tools to enhance the removal of biofilm during professional dental cleanings:
- Hand Scaling: Professional dental cleaning, or scaling, is performed by our skilled dentists or dental hygienists. This procedure involves using specialized instruments, such as scalers and curettes, to remove hard deposits of plaque (calculus) from the tooth surfaces and below the gumline.
- Ultrasonic Scalers: We utilize high-frequency dental instruments known as ultrasonic scalers, which use vibration and water flow to efficiently break up and remove dental biofilm and calculus.
- Air Polishing: Our advanced air polishing technique combines air, water, and fine particles to remove biofilm and surface stains from teeth, leaving them clean and bright.
- Antimicrobial Agents: In some cases, our dentists may use antimicrobial agents or mouthwashes to reduce the amount of biofilm in the mouth and inhibit bacterial growth.
- Laser Therapy: Dental lasers are another innovative tool we employ to selectively target and remove biofilm and infected tissues in specific dental procedures.
While these techniques effectively remove biofilm during dental visits, we emphasize that regular and consistent oral hygiene practices at home, such as daily brushing and flossing, are essential for preventing its re-accumulation. Maintaining optimal oral health requires a combination of professional care and dedicated self-care. Regular dental check-ups and professional cleanings are also crucial in our comprehensive approach to maintaining oral health and controlling dental biofilm.
We are committed to empowering our patients with knowledge and effective strategies to manage dental biofilm and achieve a healthier, more confident smile. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about our comprehensive dental care services.