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Image #   28483B
Name:   Used wax dental floss
Copyright:   Copyright 2008 Dennis Kunkel Microscopy, Inc.
Description:   Caption: Used wax dental floss with dental plaque (brown), bacteria (blue) and cheek cells (orange) on the dental floss fibers (red). Plaque consists of a biofilm of bacteria embedded in a glycoprotein matrix. The matrix is formed from bacterial secretions and saliva. The microorganisms that form the plaque biofilm are almost entirely bacteria (mainly Streptococcus mutans and other anaerobes) with the composition varying by location in the mouth. Plaque is the main cause of tooth decay. The bacteria feed on sugars in food, producing acid (latic acid) as a waste product. This acid corrodes the teeth's enamel coating, resulting in dental cavities. A build-up of dental plaque can also lead to inflamed and infected gums. Severe gum disease can lead to peridontal disease and teeth falling out. Dental flossing has been shown to be effective in removing bacteria and plaque from the teeth.
Magnification*: x70
Type: SEM
    *(Magnifications are based on a 35mm slide image of 24mm in the narrow dimension.)
Keywords:   28483B 09.01.08 bacteria bioflims mouth biofilm mouth biofilms tooth plaque teeth plaque dental biofilm plaque biofilm mouth dental floss waxed dental floss used dental floss tooth decay medical dental healthcare plaque dental plaque dental biofilms SEM dental hygiene flossing teeth flossing cavity tooth cavity tooth cleaning teeth cleaning oral bacteria oral bacterium tongue bacteria tongue bacterium glucan glucan matrix bacilli bacillus rod bacteria rod bacterium rod shaped bacterium rod shaped bacteria rod-shaped bacteria rod-shaped bacterium throat infection throat infections oral flora tongue flora bacterial flora mouth flora mouth bacteria mouth bacterium lactic acid peridontal disease human disease dextranv dextran polysaccharide polysaccharide bacterial adhesion bacteria adhesion acid environment acidic environment adhesion receptors anaerobic bacteria anaerobic bacterium bacterial pathogen dental decay gamma streptococci gamma streptococcus Gram-positive Gram bacteria gram positive gum disease human flora human infection human microbiota human pathogen oral microbiota oral pathogen periodontal infection prokaryote human teeth human tooth tooth teeth glycoprotein plaque formation Streptococcus mutans dental flossing cheek cell cheek cells mouth epidermal cell mouth epidermal cells mouth cell mouth cells epidermis epidermal cell epidermal cells biofilm

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