About This Chapter
Contributing Author: Garth James
This chapter explores the impact of biofilms on health, specifically chronic wounds. 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.