oa SA Pharmacist's Assistant - Oral hygiene to take your breath away : short review

Volume 9, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1608-9634
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1068



One of the main causes of oral disease is plaque. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on teeth and gums and release acids that attack tooth enamel after a meal or snack. Plaque also produces substances that irritate the gums making them red and tender. After a while the gums may even pull away from teeth forming pockets that fill with puss and bacteria. If this is not treated, the bone around the teeth may be destroyed which may lead to tooth loss.

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