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How are plaque, calculus and dental caries different?

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In brief: 3 Different Things

Plaque- The soft, sticky material that accumulates on your teeth constantly and is removed with brushing and flossing Calculus - Calcified plaque that has to be professionally removed.
It is associated with periodontal diseases. Caries - Tooth decay. It is caused by specific bacteria within the plaque that infect the teeth and break down tooth structure with acid.

In brief: 3 Different Things

Plaque- The soft, sticky material that accumulates on your teeth constantly and is removed with brushing and flossing Calculus - Calcified plaque that has to be professionally removed.
It is associated with periodontal diseases. Caries - Tooth decay. It is caused by specific bacteria within the plaque that infect the teeth and break down tooth structure with acid.
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Dr. Paul Grin
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3 doctors agree

In brief: Property of matter

Bacteria on the teeth forming coatings (plaque) with tartar and caries effect, because the teeth are not brushed perfectly clean.
It is important to have regular visits to the dentist or dental hygienist for adequate oral hygiene.

In brief: Property of matter

Bacteria on the teeth forming coatings (plaque) with tartar and caries effect, because the teeth are not brushed perfectly clean.
It is important to have regular visits to the dentist or dental hygienist for adequate oral hygiene.
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2 doctors agree

In brief: Three questions !

Plaque: a sticky deposit on teeth in which bacteria proliferate calculus: a hard calcified deposit that forms on the teeth and contributes to their decay (hardened plaque) decay: the state or process of rotting or decomposition (like a cavity in your tooth) all are bacterial in nature.

In brief: Three questions !

Plaque: a sticky deposit on teeth in which bacteria proliferate calculus: a hard calcified deposit that forms on the teeth and contributes to their decay (hardened plaque) decay: the state or process of rotting or decomposition (like a cavity in your tooth) all are bacterial in nature.
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