Background: What is dental plaque and how does it form?
Did you know? The effects of tooth decay can cause problems with eating, sleeping, communication and socialising, and results in at least 60,000 days being missed from school during the year for hospital extractions alone.
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- Plaque builds up all day and night, and is removed by careful tooth brushing of the teeth and gums. This is why tooth brushing morning and night is so important.
- Left uncleaned, soft plaque will turn into hard scale as minerals from the saliva enter it – this can be seen as a creamy line around your teeth, or you may feel it as a furry layer with your tongue.
- In the right environment, plaque bacteria can use the sugar in the food we eat to cause tooth decay (dental caries).
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