Plaque Theories: Dental Biofilm’s Hidden Complexity And Oral Health Effects

Introduction Plaque, a biofilm on teeth, causes cavities and periodontal disease. Dentists value plaque accumulation research. This paper reviews plaque-development hypotheses. By comparing traditional plaque hypotheses like bacteria and host factors to newer ones like the ecological plaque hypothesis and the host-microbial homeostasis hypothesis, dental plaque’s complexity and implications for clinical practice and oral health …

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