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Contributing Author:  Garth James

This chapter explores the impact of biofilms on health. Some diseases and adverse medical conditions are now recognized to be the result of a biofilm infection.  For example, when a medical implant becomes infected, it is usually a biofilm infection that is much more difficult to treat than other non-biofilm infections resulting from the same microbes not in a biofilm.  Medical and dental practices can be enhanced through an understanding of biofilms and their treatment as a biofilm.

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