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If you’re searching for an OraMD Review or OraMD Reviews – then the chances are you’re trying to get a cure for bad breath and/or gum disorders. It’s no secret that your dentist’s solution (fluoride toothpaste) simply doesn’t work. If it did – you wouldn’t be looking for a review of OraMD. For years we’ve all been completely misled by the toothpaste makers. So – if you’re going to brush your teeth twice a day – better make sure you’re using a natural product that will do the job. Continue reading

Is Dental Plaque the Main Cause of Dental Caries?

Our mouth is constantly bathed in saliva and is exposed to the passage of food, the oral flora and many other stimuli considering the variety of objects that people put in their mouths such as cigarettes, pipes, hair-grips and so on. Nevertheless, our mouth has a remarkable ability to resist and adapt according to these stimulations. Our teeth are also exposed to the same factors and they can be covered wholly or in part by food debris, soft and hard deposits.


Dental Plaque, the main cause of Dental Caries

Dental Plaque is a soft but adherent deposit of bacteria and their products, which forms on all tooth surfaces and other objects in the mouth, for example; fillings or dentures. This Plaque formation is a natural, physiological process and is an example of a biofilm, which means it is not a haphazard collection of bacteria but a complex association of many different bacterial species living together in a single environment. For instance, a newborn baby’s mouth is sterile but within a few hours, microorganisms appear; mainly Streptococcus salivarius. By the time the baby had his/ her first tooth out, a complex flora is established.


Basically, Dental Plaque is scarcely visible in thin layers and it can be revealed only by the use of a Plaque-Disclosing Agent. In thick layers, it can be seen as yellowish or grey deposits which cannot be removed with mouthwashes or by irrigation but can be brushed off. It is usual to find it on areas which are difficult to reach by tooth brushing, for example; in between teeth or in severely crowded teeth. When Dental Plaque calcified or mineralized, it will become Dental Calculus or commonly known as Tartar. It is a ‘stony crust’ that forms on teeth and has long been associated with Gums Disease. Having said that; Dental Plaque is the main cause of dental caries.


Dental plaque (in red) visible through plaque disclosing agent








Dental calculus/ tartar








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Aggressive periodontitis

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Gum disease is not limited to adults. Periodontitis (inflammation of the supporting tissues of the teeth or also known as the periodontium) can also occur in young people. Periodontal disease can generally be divided into different types including chronic, aggressive and necrotizing periodontal disease; with aggressive periodontitis commonly seen in the younger age group. Continue reading

Dental Implant Maintenance

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After spending tons of money on your dental implant procedure, surely you would want your investment to last. Though it make look and feel like a real tooth, dental implant maintenance is required to ensure your dental implants stay in top-notch condition for a very long time. Continue reading

How to Clean Dentures

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Having dentures adds a new responsibility to your life. Like how your car requires maintenance throughout the years, your denture does so too. Proper care is needed to keep dentures fitting properly and comfortably, and it is your own responsibility to do so. Continue reading

How to Decide What to Do When Your Dentist Says You Need More Than One Appointment for Teeth Cleaning

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You went to your dentist for professional cleaning of your teeth one fine day, expecting it to be done on the same day but your dentist tells you that you will need more than one appointment for the procedure. You might be confused and pretty much unwilling to make time and pay for another dental appointment however if you are having a chronic gum disease, this is part of the treatment plan. So how do you decide what to do when your dentist says you need more than one appointment for teeth cleaning? Continue reading

Basic Dental Instruments

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Whenever you visit a dentist, you tend to notice the many different dental tools that are laid down beside the chair. A dental professional uses a variety of dental equipment for examining, cleaning, cutting and restoring teeth. Not many are familiar with these instruments therefore here is a quick guide on the basic dental instruments available in a dental office and their usage. Continue reading

How Does Plaque Affect the Teeth?

What is dental plaque?

Dental plaque is a biofilm (consists of bacteria, saliva )  which is found on tooth surface. It is normally pale yellow in color and initially can be scraped/removed by tooth brushing and flossing. Continue reading

How Does Toothpaste Work?

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Dentifrices and mouthrinses are the major products for routinely administering effective cosmetic and therapeutic agents in the mouth. These products are the most widely used by consumers, generating the largest sales of all dental products. Besides attempting to prevent tooth decay, it is also becoming increasingly common for manufacturers to add therapeutic or preventive agents to reduce gum disease (gingivitis) and tartar (calculus) formation. A few toothpastes also contain desensitizing agents. Continue reading

Your Guide To Preventing Cavities

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Cavities in teeth or tooth decay, also known as dental caries to the dental community, is a process that may take place on any tooth surface in the mouth where dental plaque is allowed to develop over a period of time.

Cavities will not only cause you pain in your mouth but also a hole in your wallet if you let the decay progress further as a more extensive dental treatment would be required to treat something that could have been prevented earlier on. Continue reading