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Oral Health 101: What is the Biofilm?

Oral Health 101: What is the Biofilm?

The oral biofilm is made up of self-produced groups of bacteria that live and die by the food that you eat every day. And yet with so much control over our oral biofilm, we don’t realize when it’s completely out of control. Oral bacteria are infectious in nature and running rampant with the ability to initiate disease processes. In this case, ignorance about your oral biofilm is definitely not bliss, it’s dangerous.  

It’s important to have a balanced oral biofilm because it contributes to your oral health and as well as your overall health. In your oral health, tooth decay occurs when your oral biofilm is out of balance and instead leans towards an acidic environment. Acid production changes the environment of the biofilm and is either neutralized by your saliva or does permanent damage to your tooth enamel over a long period of time. In addition, oral health has been linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and is currently being tied to problems with pregnancy, premature birth and low weight births. Check out this article to understand how oral health affects overall health.

Understanding your oral biofilm is important because whether you like it or not you have a lot of control over it. Man was not made to live by processed sugar alone no matter how tempting it might seem. Diversifying your food results in a diversified biofilm. Break out the fruits, vegetables, meat and everything in between. (And maybe just a couple of those enticing sweets every now and then too.)

Colloidal Silver vs. Nano Silver

Colloidal Silver vs. Nano Silver

Let’s make things clear. Nano Silver ain’t your grandma’s colloidal silver. And here are 3 reasons why:

Biocompatibility

This means that it is safe to be used and will respond appropriately in certain conditions. Biocompatibility is dependent on two things: the size of the particle and what is used as a capping agent. First off, colloidal silver particles are made without a capping agent. This means that they fall apart easily. Second, colloidal silver particles are inconsistent in size. On the other hand, silver nanoparticles are capped with plant extract. This makes them more stable and nontoxic to human tissue. In addition, with advancements in technology, nanoparticles are more consistent in size.

Stability

Colloidal silver does not have the ability to stay stable in various conditions. This is because colloidal silver is made through using the physical electric model by running a current through silver wires. This results in a division of silver particles and ions that are without capping agents and unstable outside of water. Silver nanoparticles are stable because their plant based capping agent keeps them from decomposing. And, they respond favorably to various environments such as salts and biomolecules.

Reaction to Biofilm

Colloidal silver cannot be used with other beneficial agents and has a weak effect on the biofilm. Therefore, it does not do a sufficient job protecting enamel and balancing the oral biofilm by reducing acid. Nano Silver can be used at much lower concentrations and can penetrate biofilms with ease. It is modifiable to the outer coating of the oral biofilm. This helps it to latch onto and penetrate biofilms easier. It can release silver ions directly inside the biofilm and target acid.

Oral Health 101: Saved by Saliva

Oral Health 101: Saved by Saliva

Every day we wear down on our enamel but luckily every day tooth remineralization happens naturally. Through no immediate action of our own, our body works with us to promote a healthy oral environment. So how is it done? Saliva. The best and most natural medium for remineralization is naturally produced by your mouth.

Every day saliva removes bacteria and other substances from your teeth and your gums. But the work of saliva doesn’t stop there, it also acts as added protection against the acid that tries to wear away at your enamel and cause tooth decay. Saliva also protects oral tissue and directly effects certain bacteria by changing their ability to release acid. Again, helping to prevent tooth decay. The benefits keep on coming because saliva also prevents bad breath by keeping certain bacteria away.

The quality and quantity of your saliva directly influences the process of demineralization and remineralization.

You have control over the type of saliva that you produce. Sometimes as you get older you produce less saliva, which means less protection against bacteria. But eating food, drinking water or chewing gum can help stimulate saliva production. By increasing your overall salivary flow and your saliva’s antibacterial capacity you will help your teeth remineralize and prevent your enamel from wearing away.

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