What Is Biofilm?
We all know what dental plaque is: Dental plaque is a yellowish biofilm that builds up on the
teeth- yuck! These oral biofilms contain communities of disease-causing
bacteria and their uncontrolled accumulation has been associated with cavities
and gum disease.
are tough!Once bacteria and other disgusting microbes have colonized
and organized themselves on you oral appliance or invisalign trays they exude
their gooey bi-products that spill them and harden like a protective shield.
This varnish coating is the key to understanding why it’s so hard to kill a
biofilm. Even after boiling, this mouth guard still show microbial colonies
(photo) adhering to the varnish. That’s how tough that coating is to remove.
You literally either have to break up the colonies by mechanical brushing, or
chemically break down the varnish- and toothpaste doesn’t do this.
How Dangerous are Those Microbes to Your Health?
Biofilms have been found to be involved in a wide variety of
microbial infections in the body, by one estimate 80% of all infections! The
bacteria, fungi, protozoa and viruses associated with colonization within the
oral cavity are of special interest when we talk about orthodontic retainers,
mouth guards and sleep apnea devices.
The oral environment is harsh and the bacterial that normally
reside there are built to with stand the stresses of acids from foods that may
normally kill bacteria. But S. Mutans (causes cavities) and S. Pneumoniae
(causes infection) are hearty creatures and resist routine washing procedures.
Fungal spores are tough, too.
Athletic mouth guard seem to be the most neglected when it
comes to cleaning. But then there are sleep apnea devices that are worn during
sleep when natural saliva flow and buffering goes way down. The unique and
thickened slime on these devices and the bacteria contained within is
especially gross and smelly.
PRODENTCLEAN is a breakthrough in cleaning
technology that takes advantage of the power of peroxide. When peroxide is
combined with other detergent cleaning molecules such as surfactants, chelating
agents and laundry macromolecules, the peroxide becomes supercharged! Peroxide
is now able to deeply penetrate through that varnish and break it down,
exposing all those microbes for the KNOCKOUT BLOW. Peroxide kills bacteria and
viruses by destroying cell membranes and releasing pure
oxygen- Nasty microbes hate oxygen!