LM of dental plaque

LM of dental plaque

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Caption: Dental plaque. Light micrograph of the saliva, bacteria and food debris that forms on teeth and that constitutes dental plaque. Plaque begins to form within hours of tooth-brushing, causing the furry feeling of unbrushed teeth. Bacteria that normally live in the mouth multiply in the saliva; some of these microorganisms help break down sugar in carbohydrate food, and in so doing help create an acid that can erode tooth enamel. Plaque itself is a cause of tooth decay (caries) and may lead to the formation of tartar (calculus). Likewise, if tartar growth is not controlled, gum disease may occur with loss of teeth. Magnification: unknown.

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Keywords: condition, dental, dental plaque, dentistry, disorder, healthcare, light micrograph, medical, medicine, odontology, oral, plaque, tooth

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