What do ship hulls and teeth have in common? The answer: harmful biofilms can settle on both materials. These rather slimy coatings consist of countless microorganisms. Worst case scenario, they are undesirable bacteria. And these, in turn, can cause some damage. For example, fouling on ship hulls has economic consequences due to the increase in weight and the increased flow resistance. Caries and periodontitis, on the other hand, pose considerable health risks. In order to counteract the formation of harmful biofilms, it is first necessary to understand how they spread. So the central question is: how does their nutrient supply work?
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