Plaque is a sticky,
colorless deposit that collects on teeth. Plaque is created by
a combination of saliva, food and fluids. It begins forming on
teeth 4-12 hours after being completely removed, and is constantly
being generated in the mouth. Plaque is relatively easily removed
by a combination of brushing and flossing.
2) Tartar (also called calculus)
is the crusty texture that envelopes plaque if it is not removed
within a few days. This crust will harbor plaque and bacteria,
and cannot be removed by regular brushing and flossing.
3) The bacteria
that hide inside tartar use the sugars you consume through your
diet to create toxins that destroy gum and supporting bone. These
bacteria are always present in the mouth and are part of plaque
bacteria are removed every time you have a regular
cleaning done at the dental office. However, if
there is a heavy amount of bacteria due to disease, a periodontal
cleaning may be necessary.