Biofilms in the body can be found on many natural surfaces such as skin, teeth, mucus lining your gut and on implanted devices.
Biofilms on medical implants
Biofilms on medical implants are a major concern. 80% of all bacterial infections in humans have the capacity to grow as biofilms. Medical implants are devices placed inside or outside the human body that replace or support a damaged biological structure. They can be made from a number of different materials including plastic, metal and […]
When you haven’t brushed your teeth recently and they feel a bit fuzzy – that’s bacteria! A sticky layer of lots of different bacteria all growing together on your teeth is called ‘plaque’. Plaque is a type of biofilm. We all have lots of bacteria naturally living on our teeth and some plaque is part […]
The gastrointestinal tract, commonly called the gut, is home to lots of microorganisms with intertwined, but not identical, lifestyles: as isolated cells (planktonic), as biofilms, and in biofilm-dispersed forms.
The microbes on human skin (its microbiome) plays an important role in both health and disease. Biofilms are a critical element in certain skin diseases. Skin-associated microbe include: Staphylococcus epidermidis– can cause wound infections, boils, sinus infections, endocarditis and other inflammations. It can survive for a long time in ‘hiding places’ in the body, where it […]