Plaque is a sticky non colored mix of bacteria , remains of food and the substances they secrete. This plaque causes dental cares , infections and gum disease . If left alone, plaque buildup also gradually hardens, creating tartar or calculus on your teeth.
Causes of plaque and why considered as a health problem ?
This plaque is formed when the food remnants containing carbohydrates , like gaseous beverages , cake , sweets etc repeatedly on the teeth . the bacteria lives on these food . The bacteria in tooth plaque are free to release acids that damage tooth enamel. Regular acid assaults on enamel can wear holes in teeth, commonly called cavities.
“Tartar is petrified plaque, Once it’s there, you need a dentist’s help ... tartar can’t be brushed off.” Tartar above the gum line also contributes to gingivitis, which is gum disease.and consequent jaw bones damage .