Bacteria present in your mouth may combine with small food particles and form saliva, forming a sticky film known as plaque. Bacteria in plaque produces acid as it converts food and drink high in carbohydrates (particularly sugar) into energy. If a plaque is allowed to build up, the acid can begin to cause damage. This explains why poor diet and poor oral hygiene may increase the risk of tooth decay.

Authored Dec 22, 2017 by Joseph Isaac, MPharm
Reviewed Dec 04, 2018 by Prabjeet Saundh, MPharm

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