Oral Bacteria & Biofilm

Oral Bacteria & Biofilm Card

Anyone who has had a crown, root canal or dental implants needs this Card!  I use mine every day as a protection from oral bacteria.

Unfortunately I only became aware of the harmful bacteria that use our mouths as their habitat earlier in 2016.  At that time a friend was having ongoing trouble with a root canal and I was suffering from some really bad dental work.  I started to do some serious research and was amazed to find that our mouths can become home to approximately 280 bacterial species in the oral cavity that have been isolated in culture and formally named.  More bacteria than in any other area of the body, and it is believed that there could thousands and they can spread throughout the body and be the underlying cause of many diseases.  If you care about your health please do some research, you will be shocked, and wonder why we have not been educated about this.

I added the most common bacteria of the Oral Bacteria & Biofilm to this new Card and so far it contains:

Actinomyces israelii * Bifidobacterium * Enterococcus faecalis * Lactobacilli * Lactobacillus Acidophilus * Pseudomonas * Pseudomonas Aeruginosa * Staphylococci General * Staphylococcus Mutans * Streptococcus Salivarius * Streptococcus Sanguis

Dentists who understand about and treat the dangers to our health from these bacteria are called Biologic Dentists and most belong to IAOMTThe International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology.  I was lucky enough to find a very well qualified Dentist close to my home.  I am sure I will be adding to this list after talking to him.  I will be calling your cards in to update them as I learn more.  There will be no charge for this important service, I will just ask for a stamped addressed envelope to return them.

The oral cavity appears as an open ecosystem, with a dynamic balance between the entrance of microorganisms, colonization modalities, and host defenses aimed to their removal: To avoid elimination, bacteria need to adhere to either hard dental surfaces or epithelial surfaces. The oral biofilm formation and development, and the inside selection of specific microorganisms have been correlated with the most common oral pathologies, such as: Dental caries. Periodontal disease, and Peri-implantitis which is an inflammatory disease marked by bacterial infection and the gradual loss of the jaw bone supporting the implant.  It’s not yet clear whether the infection causes the bone to recede, or the bone loss exposes the area to bacteria.

The whole root of the tooth is composed of about a 70% calcified structure, within this calcified structure-called dentine are micro-tubules, tiny hollow tubes, that run from the inner chamber, the pulp or nerve chamber of the tooth, through the wall of the tooth to the outside.

This is where alternative dentists see the big problem with a lot of the root canals done. They recognize the potential for infection created by the bacteria in the dentin tubules and have started to sterilize the tubules with the laser.   In a crown or root canal the cement filling or sealant can shrink after a few years and become a safe habitat for bacteria where antibiotics do not reach.  Some alternative dentists are using laser therapy.  This is a method about which you need to consult with your dentist, I have very little knowledge of it.

To fully be aware of the dangers of biofilms of the oral cavity it is necessary to understand the complex interactions between all the bacterial species inside the biofilm and host tissues and responses.  Microorganisms from the oral cavity have been shown to cause a number of oral infectious diseases, including caries (tooth decay), periodontitis (gum disease), endodontic (root canal) infections, alveolar osteitis (dry socket), and tonsillitis.

Evidence is accumulating which links oral bacteria to a number of systemic diseases , including cardiovascular disease, stroke, preterm birth, diabetes, and pneumonia.


           Credit and my Gratitude for this Important Information goes to:            The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology

 American Society for Microbiology.  Journal of Bacteriology

     Floyd E. Dewhirst,  Tuste ChenJacques IzardBruce J. PasterAnne C. R. Tanner,      Wen-Han YuAbirami LakshmananWilliam G. Wade

  1. Department of Molecular Genetics, The Forsyth Institute, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02142
  2. Department of Oral Medicine, Infection and Immunity, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts 02115
  3. King’s College London Dental Institute at Guy’s, King’s College and St. Thomas’ Hospitals, Infection Research Group, Guy’s Campus, London SE1 9RT, United Kingdom