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Chapter 17

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Plaque
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.
Floss
Used to remove plaque from the inner proximal of the teeth.
Floride
A naturally occurring mineral that is effective in strengthening the enamel.
Nutrients
Substances that supply the elements necessary to meet the body's requirements for energy.
Carbohydrates
Used by the body as the chief source of energy.
Water
Often called the forgotten nutrient.
B-12
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.