Dental plaque is the buildup with the slimy feel that is ever present on your teeth. It is a living thriving bacterial habitat. More than 800 different types of bacteria are present. Most are harmless. Some, especially an organism called streptococcus mutans, cause tooth decay by producing acid from dietary sugars which dissolve tooth enamel. Others, are responsible for gingivitis (mild, reversible gum disease) and periodontitis (severe, irreversible gum disease).
Plaque is a normal, if unwelcome, biofilm. It is a bacterial jungle. It cannot be prevented from growing. It must be removed every day. Some bacteria present cause tooth decay, others, cause gum disease. It is the major cause of tooth loss, through tooth decay and gum disease, in both children and adults across the world. Your dental health is more dependant on controlling dental plaque than on all other measures put together. If you do not control dental plaque dental disease must follow.
You cannot prevent plaque. Since no single method can eliminate plaque a combination of strategies is used to minimise its growth and harmful effects.
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