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A sticky, soft deposit of bacteria that adheres to the teeth.

Dental decay

When the bacteria in the plaque converts sugar into acid.

Disclosing agent

Used to temporarily color the plaque to make it visible for easier removal.

Bass method

Commonly recommended toothbrushing technique.


Used to remove plaque from the inner proximal of the teeth.


A naturally occurring mineral that is effective in strengthening the enamel.


Substances that supply the elements necessary to meet the body's requirements for energy.


Used by the body as the chief source of energy.


Often called the forgotten nutrient.


Aids in the formation of red blood cells and in the blood regeneration.

Goal of preventative dentistry

Achieve and maintain optimum oral health for a lifetime.

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