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English to Spanish translations [PRO] Science - Medical: Dentistry / Salud bucal
English term or phrase:plaque
When you eat foods containing sugars and starches the bacteria in plaque produces plaque
acids, which attack tooth surfaces. Plaque acid can dissolve tooth enamel, so frequent eating
and drinking throughout the day can put your teeth at risk. After many acid attacks the tooth
enamel breaks down and a cavity forms.
Plaque cannot be prevented from forming, but careful tooth cleaning every day will help remove
plaque. If plaque is not removed with proper brushing and flossing it can combine with min-erals
in saliva, and hardens to form tartar (calculus). Once tartar has formed it can only be
removed by professional cleaning by a dentist or hygienist.