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Dental Talks 2017: The Nature of Oral Biofilms in Childhood – a Key for Health and Disease

In preparation of the Dental Talks event that is offered by the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at SickKids Hospital in Toronto, I spoke with Dr. Svante Twetman about the topic of his keynote speech: The Nature of Oral Biofilms in Childhood – a Key for Health and Disease. 

Dr. Twetman is a pediatric dentist and professor in cariology and pediatric dentistry at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. 

I hope you enjoy the conversation and have a chance to attend the Dental Talks 2017 in Toronto. Please share your thoughts and feedback with us at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca 

Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager

Highlights

Dr. Twetman joins Dr. Chiraz Guessaier from Copenhagen to discuss the importance of the oral biofilm in the maintenance of health. Biofilm in children is decisive in determining health for later stages of life. Dental caries is no longer regarded as an infectious disease. It is a non-communicable disease and results from a dysbiosis of our own commensal organisms.

Every biofilm when it is diverse and stable is associated with health no matter where it is – oral cavity, nose, gut. This is important to understand because a stable healthy mouth contributes to overall well-being. The first 1000 days of one’s life are key determinants of future health.

Clinical Strategies to Maintain Biofilm

  • Optimizing fluoride use in children
  • Adding “good” bacteria to interfere with “bad” bacteria
  • Probiotic therapy

Full Interview (6.07″)

 

One comment

  1. A fabulous introduction to what will be a very interesting presentation. Dr. Twetman’s energy and enthusiasm is infectious – so to speak.

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