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J Indian Soc Periodontol. 2011 Apr;15(2):111-4. doi: 10.4103/0972-124X.84377.

Biofilms: A microbial home.

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Department of Periodontics, Modern Dental College and Research Centre, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India.

Abstract

Microbial biofilms are mainly implicated in etiopathogenesis of caries and periodontal disease. Owing to its properties, these pose great challenges. Continuous and regular disruption of these biofilms is imperative for prevention and management of oral diseases. This essay provides a detailed insight into properties, mechanisms of etiopathogenesis, detection and removal of these microbial biofilms.

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Biofilm; microbes; periodontal disease

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