According to the National Institutes of Health, the mouth's typical bacteria integrate with food pieces and saliva to form plaque. Plaque is a sticky, invisible compound that collects rapidly. Foods abundant in sugar or starch make plaque stickier. If plaque stays on the teeth for more than a few days, it gets harder and ends up being a compound called tartar.

According to the National Institutes of Health, the mouth's typical bacteria integrate with food pieces and saliva to form plaque. Plaque is a sticky, invisible compound that collects rapidly. Foods abundant in sugar or starch make plaque stickier. If plaque stays on the teeth for more than a few days, it gets harder and ends up being a compound called tartar.

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