Overview & Description
The best way to understand the mechanism of plaque and tartarretention on teeth is to think of plaque as sticky cement–a little likeold-fashioned library paste. But also think of this paste as loaded withbacteria. This soft material gets everywhere in the mouth. It forms readilyon the surfaces of the teeth, between the teeth, in the crevices between thegum tissue and the tooth surface, in the grooves and fissures on the bitingsurfaces of the teeth, and even on the top surface of the tongue.
The longer plaque is allowed to set, the more difficult it is toremove. In the early stages it can be brushed and flossed off the teeth.Once it has set, it is called tartar or calculus. Tartar must be scraped offthe teeth by a dentist or dental hygienist.
What is the information for this topic?
The bacteria in plaque and tartar cause major problems. Thebacterial mass is held tightly to the tooth surface and quickly turns certainfoods, such as sugars and starches, into decay-producing acid. The aciddissolves the tooth structure and causes cavities, which are also called dental caries.
Thisbacterial mass also produces irritating substances, which cause gum and bonedisease, known as gingivitis andperiodontitis.Gum disease is the most significant reason for tooth loss in adults.
Following these recommendations will help preventcavities and gum diseases:
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