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Fact or Fiction: Dental Plaque
by Staff
It doesn’t take long for a thin layer of cement to dry and become so hardened it has to be jack-hammered away, but when it's just poured, it's easy enough to wash away with some gentle force. Plaque is the same way. As it's forming in the mouth, it's not hard to gently brush, rinse and spit away, but once it's hardened, tiny "jackhammers" and more than a little force are needed to chip it off our teeth. How can we be hard on plaque and banish it from our mouths while it's still soft? Test your methods and know-how here.

Plaque and tartar are the same thing.

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A professional, in-office tooth polishing is essential for fighting tooth decay.

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Candy is more likely to cause plaque than orange juice.

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Toothbrushes were invented in 1914.

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Mouth rinses are proven to be effective in dental care.

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Even the approved mouth rinses are ineffective if used after brushing.

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Electric toothbrushes remove hardened plaque at home, replacing the need for dental office visits.

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Excess saliva is damaging to teeth.

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Dental plaque isn’t the same plaque that clogs arteries inside the body.

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Plaque starts to spread and harden as fast as 40 minutes after eating.

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The first town in the United States to add fluoride to its drinking water saw a 35 percent reduction in cavities among children.

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Disclosing tablets, those red chewables that show plaque trouble spots on the teeth by dying them red, are only available through dentists.

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Plaque tends to settle into the lower front teeth more than the back upper teeth.

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Gum disease is reversible.

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Gingivitis is reversible.

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Sealants are acidic treatments that get into small cavities and prevent them from getting larger.

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Mouth bacteria were most likely first discovered by a 17th-century Dutch biologist.

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High concentrations of fluoride in water work best at fighting cavities.

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Chewing gum and gum-chewing can prevent cavities.

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Plaque is touchy-feely.

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