WHAT CAUSES PLAQUE?
Our saliva can allow bacteria to stick to the surface of our teeth forming plaque. When we eat, the bacteria in plaque use the food as energy and grow and multiply. Left unchecked this can lead to oral health problems, from unpleasant breath to tooth decay (cavities) to gingivitis.2
While you won’t be able to get rid of all dental plaque completely, a proper oral hygiene routine can be very effective in preventing plaque from accumulating on your teeth. Go for a professional cleaning and ask your dentist how many cleanings per year they recommend based on your situation.3
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4. University of Rochester Medical Center. (2021). The Best and Worst Foods for Your Teeth. https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx
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