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How do you prevent plaque?
Monday, 19 September 2011 07:22

What is Plaque?

 

Plaque is the film of bacteria which is constantly forming on all teeth. Plaque causes tooth decay and gum disease.

 

Everyone's saliva contains millions of bacteria. These bacteria stick to the surface of our teeth and quickly multiply to form layers of plaque.

 

Plaque at first is a soft, colourless substance which is difficult to see until the coating is quite thick and becomes a white layer. It collects on the surfaces of teeth mainly next to the gums between the teeth.

 

How do you prevent plaque from forming?

 

Careful tooth cleaning every day will remove plaque before it builds up in sufficient amounts to damage your teeth and gums. Plaque can be removed from around your teeth with a toothbrush. Use a dental floss to clean between your teeth in hard to reach areas.

 

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