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What's dental plaque made of?

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Dr. Gary Lederman
Dentistry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Complex

Different makeup, in different people and in different parts of the mouth.
There is healthy plaque, plaque that causes decay, and plaque that causes gum disease. It is more of a progression than a uniform composition of food, bacteria, proteins.

In brief: Complex

Different makeup, in different people and in different parts of the mouth.
There is healthy plaque, plaque that causes decay, and plaque that causes gum disease. It is more of a progression than a uniform composition of food, bacteria, proteins.
Dr. Gary Lederman
Dr. Gary Lederman
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Dr. Robert Chin
Dentistry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Food by products

Plaque is composed of the broken down products of food and saliva and the bacterial organisms in the mouth.

In brief: Food by products

Plaque is composed of the broken down products of food and saliva and the bacterial organisms in the mouth.
Dr. Robert Chin
Dr. Robert Chin
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Dr. Leonard Pizzolatto
General Practice
2 doctors agree

In brief: By products

Plaque consists of food debris, bacteria, and dead cells that have become detached from the mucosa in the mouth.

In brief: By products

Plaque consists of food debris, bacteria, and dead cells that have become detached from the mucosa in the mouth.
Dr. Leonard Pizzolatto
Dr. Leonard Pizzolatto
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Dr. Stan Shih
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Bacterial excretions

Dental plaque is a sticky film which consists of the bacteria themselves along with sticky polysaccharides excreted by the bacteria.

In brief: Bacterial excretions

Dental plaque is a sticky film which consists of the bacteria themselves along with sticky polysaccharides excreted by the bacteria.
Dr. Stan Shih
Dr. Stan Shih
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