What is Dental Plaque

Monday, May. 11th 2015 8:58 AM

Plaque is a soft, gooey substance that sticks to your teeth. Plaque is a type of biofilm which contains large numbers of closely packed bacteria, components taken from saliva, and bits of food. Also in the mix are bacterial byproducts and white blood cells. Plaque grows when bacteria attach to the tooth and begin to multiply. Plaque starts forming right after a tooth is cleaned. Within an hour, there’s enough to measure. As time goes on, the plaque thickens. Within two to six hours, the plaque teems with bacteria that can cause cavities and periodontal disease.

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