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.

Biofilms 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!