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When saliva, food, and fluids combine in your mouth they produce an environment that allows the bacteria to grow and deposit which collect on teeth and gums and especially where the teeth and gums meet. Common foods that contribute to plaque formation and growth include those containing carbohydrates, or simple sugars, such as sucrose and starches, found in soft drinks and candy.

Dental Plaque and Tartar Causes:

Certain foods, especially carbohydrates, are big contributors to plaque growth. This includes food such as cakes, sweets, fruit, milk, and soft drinks. Plaque bacteria can lead to gingivitis, caries and advanced gum disease, so it is important to take steps for treatment and prevention.


Plaque hides between teeth and under the gum line. There’s no way to avoid it entirely so it’s important to maintain a good oral routine and visit your dental hygienist every six-months to keep it from accumulating. Professional dental hygienists provide unique instruments that reach surfaces a typical toothbrush and floss cannot reach.

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