Is Biofilm on Your Denture? And Why Should I Care
As we now know biofilm is present in our months whether it is healthy or damaging, but does this bio-film also form on our oral appliances?
Yes, in addition to biofilm being present in the mouth, it also forms on dental prostheses and appliances, such as removable dentures, mouth guards, night guards and orthodontic appliances. The microorganisms can start to form within 2 hours of wearing the oral appliances. With the increased bio-film formation the risk for cavities and gum disease especially on the teeth used to maintain the oral appliances are greatly increased. Therefore maintaining excellent oral hygiene is very important while wearing oral appliances, here are our top 5 ways you can get excellent oral hygiene;
5 Tips to Control Biofilm
•Brush your teeth and all mouth prostheses or appliances to mechanically disrupt the biofilm.
•Choose toothpaste containing antibacterial ingredients.
•Floss your teeth daily to prevent the biofilm building up between your teeth.
•Rinse your mouth with a mouthwash containing antibacterial ingredients, such as chlorhexidine.
•Soak your prosthesis over night with polident.