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How Is Plaque Detected?

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In many cases, plaque is difficult for an individual to identify. Plaque can be removed at planned intervals by the dental hygienist or a dentist as part of an oral prophylaxis. However, because daily dental plaque removal is more effective, it is the individual – not the hygienist or the dentist – who is vital for preserving lifelong intact teeth. Therefore it is essential to know the sites in the mouth where tooth plaque tends to accumulate.
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How to Remove Plaque

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Dental plaque is an adherent deposit of bacteria and their products, which forms on all tooth surfaces. The bacteria in teeth plaque react with foods we eat to produce acids that can attack and weaken tooth enamel (the hard, protective covering on our teeth), opening the way for cavities (dental caries) to develop as well as irritate the gums, leading to gum disease. Therefore it is important that plaque removal be done to keep our mouths healthy. Continue reading

How Does Plaque Affect the Teeth?

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Bacteria in dental plaque are the direct cause of the most widespread of all human diseases – dental cavities and inflammatory gum or periodontal diseases. These diseases, however, are not classical infections. They arise because of complex changes in plaque ecology and are affected by many factors in the host’s protective responses. Continue reading