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Oral Biofilm as a Vehicle for Chemotherapeutic Agents

Marieke P.T. Otten, Henk J. Busscher, Chris G. van Hoogmoed, Frank Abbas and Henny C. van der Mei
from: Oral Microbial Ecology: Current Research and New Perspectives (Edited by: Nicholas S. Jakubovics and Robert J. Palmer Jr.). Caister Academic Press, U.K. (2013)


An overview is presented on oral biofilm formation and recent developments in oral biofilm control using mechanical devices (manual or powered toothbrushes and interdental cleaning devices) and biofilm control based on oral chemotherapeutics (antibacterial toothpastes and mouthrinses). For clinical efficacy of oral chemotherapeutics, it is important that the antibacterial remains active in the oral cavity for periods longer than the actual brushing or rinsing time, a characteristic called 'substantivity'. Substantivity can be achieved by adsorption of antibacterials to oral hard and soft tissues followed by release. Mechanical cleaning never results in complete removal of oral biofilm: most notably in fissures, interproximal spaces, gingival pockets and around orthodontic appliances. Recently, it has been demonstrated that this residual biofilm can act as a reservoir for oral chemotherapeutics that are slowly released over time in bio-active concentrations. This function of oral biofilm was already known for fluoride and has been demonstrated to aid in preventing caries. Results from our laboratory showed that residual biofilm after mechanical cleaning can release absorbed antibacterial agents from toothpastes and mouthrinses in bio-active concentrations read more ...
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