Oral Health Group

The composition of the dental plaque matters

October 1, 2015
by Kahaliah Richards

Partners In Prevention 1Dental plaque (the biofilm) is remarkably stable in its composition of microbes despite mechanical abrasion (tooth cleaning and flossing) and dental cleanings by the hygiene team. But once it becomes unstable (a process called dysbiosis), dental disease (dental decay or gum disease) can commence. And dysbiosis is also remarkably resistant to brushing and flossing and dental cleanings.

The disruption of the healthy biofilm may be a common underlying feature of many inflammatory disorders, including metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, atherosclerosis and inflammatory bowel disease.

A new scientific study of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) reveals that the microbial composition of the biofilms in the gut and mouth of these patients differs from those who are healthy.

So, it is not the amount of dental plaque on the patients’ teeth. It is the composition of that biofilm which matters.

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By: Ross Perry
SOURCED: Partners In Prevention – http://partnersinprevention.ca/the-composition-of-the-dental-plaque-matters/