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Dental plaque

Plaque is the sticky, colorless film of bacteria that forms on teeth. It makes teeth "feel fuzzy" to the tongue and is most noticeable when teeth are not brushed.

Plaque develops when foods containing carbohydrates (sugars and starches), such as milk, soft drinks, raisins, cakes, or candy are frequently left on the teeth. Bacteria that live in the mouth thrive on these foods, producing acids as a result. Over a period of time, these acids destroy tooth enamel, resulting in tooth decay. Plaque can also develop on the tooth roots under the gum and cause breakdown of the bone supporting the tooth.

To prevent plaque buildup, brush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft, rounded-tip bristled toothbrush. Proper brushing includes cleaning all three tooth surfaces and between the teeth with floss or interdental brushes to pathogenic situations. Pay particular attention to the space where the gums and teeth meet. Floss between teeth at least once a day to remove food particles and bacteria.

See your dentist or oral hygienist every 6 months for a check-up and teeth cleaning.

These information are intended for general information and public information and in no case cannot replace the advice of a doctor or other suitably qualified health professional.

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