Dental Plaque

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Plaque is the term for tooth deposits.

Plaque causes caries and periodontitis. Plaque is a biofilm that is formed by bacteria on the teeth resulting from saliva and food scraps.

Mature plaque is organized exactly like a small town: There are bacteria whose only specialization is sticking to the tooth, other bacteria that form tubes in which nutrients are transported and yet other bacteria that dissolve the dental enamel and thus produce energy for the plaque, etc.

By themselves, these bacteria are not harmful; the damage only occurs when they are organized in the form of plaque – i.e., in the form of caries and/or periodontitis. Disease-causing plaque develops within 24 hours, so it’s important to inhibit the formation of plaque, because it’s the only way for your teeth to remain healthy. Plaque can be removed with a toothbrush, dental floss, and water pick.

Dental Plaque

Dental Plaque

In the video "Plaque" you see various patients’ X-rays; the white spots are fillings. Do you notice that all of these patients (and presumably you as well) only have so-called “bad teeth” in the posterior region? On all of these images, even a layman can recognize that people get fillings, crowns, bridges, etc. in the posterior region first. The reason is that the anterior region is brushed well. That’s where the plaque is removed efficiently. But on the sides, we all have cleaning deficiencies and this is why we get fillings in the posterior region first. If this situation is compounded with bad dental work and bad education, then, around the age of 50 or so, most people no longer have any teeth in the posterior region anymore – the anterior teeth will be overburdened and once you’re 60, you will have a full prosthesis – the dental care “career” has run its typical course. More on that in the video "Initial Caries".

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