What Causes Plaque?

Plaque is the sticky, colorless film of bacteria that forms on teeth. It makes teeth feel “fuzzy” to the tongue and is most noticeable when teeth are not brushed. 

Plaque can develop when foods that contain carbohydrates such as sugars, starches, milk, soft drinks, raisins, cakes, or candy that are left on the teeth. Bacteria that lives in the mouth thrive on these foods and produce acids. Over a period of time, these acids destroy tooth enamel, resulting in tooth decay. Plaque can also develop on the tooth roots under the gum and cause breakdown of the bone supporting the tooth.

Eat a balanced diet and try not to snack as often. If you need a snack, choose nutritious foods such as plain yogurt, cheese, fruit, or raw vegetables. Vegetables, such as celery, help remove food and help saliva neutralize plaque-causing acid. If you have any questions, please feel free to call our office. 


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