Electron micrograph of food debris on molar tooth

Electron micrograph of food debris on molar tooth

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Caption: Food debris on tooth. Coloured scanning electron micrograph of food debris (orange) in the furrow of a molar tooth. If left on the tooth this material will quickly be colonised by bacteria and turned into a sticky deposit called plaque, which is more difficult to remove. The bacteria in plaque digest carbohydrates from food, producing as a waste product an acid that dissolves calcium minerals in the tooth. This eventually produces a hole that exposes pain receptors in the tooth's sensitive interior. Tooth decay can be prevented by regular brushing and flossing, and can be remedied by fillings. Magnification: x40 at 6x6cm size. Magnification: x17 at 35mm size.

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Keywords: caries, condition, dental, dental caries, dental plaque, dentistry, detection, disorder, food debris, healthcare, medical, medicine, molar tooth, odontology, oral, oral hygiene, plaque, plaque on tooth, sem, tooth, tooth decay

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