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What is tooth decay?
Each time sugar is eaten, the bacteria in plaque forms an acid. This is an acid attack. Repeated acid attacks form holes in the outer surface of the tooth causing decay.

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What is Plaque?
Plaque is a sticky, colorless film of bacteria and sugars that constantly forms on our teeth. It is the main cause of cavities and gum disease, and can harden into tartar if not removed daily

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What is Tartar?
Tartar is plaque that has hardened on your teeth. Tartar can also form at and underneath the gum line and can irritate gum tissues. Tartar gives plaque more surface area on which to grow and a much stickier surface to adhere, which can lead to more serious conditions, such as cavities and gum disease.

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Do I really have to floss everyday? 
Yes, daily flossing is part of our recommended home prevention therapy. Flossing is just as important if not more so than brushing. Dental plaque accumulates between teeth, which if left over time will lead to dental decay.

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What can I do about bad breath? 
Regular checkups will allow your dentist to detect any problems such as gum disease, a dry mouth or other disorders that may be the cause. Maintaining good oral hygiene, eliminating gum disease and scheduling regular professional cleanings are essential to reducing bad breath. 

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What causes tooth discoloration?
There are several causes, the most common being ageing, staining substances (coffee, tea, colas, tobacco), trauma, tetracycline (antibiotic) staining, excessive fluoride, and nerve degeneration.

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