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.


Updated: June 20, 2016 — 12:55 am
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