Do you think you know all you need to know about plaque? Are you sure about the best way to keep it off of your teeth? Do you know what happens if you don’t brush your teeth for a day or two? If you are unsure whether you are fully informed regarding the details of this nemesis of optimal oral health, we suggest you take a stroll through a brief quiz. You may find that there’s a lot left to learn about plaque (a few details of which you may pick up as you test your current knowledge).

Plaque Quiz: True or False?

  1. True or False: Plaque is a harmless substance that forms over your oral tissues every day. The only reason it is considered “bad” is because it can give your teeth a yellow cast.
  2. True or False: Tartar is the hardened form of plaque (it’s also called calculus), which can form in as few as 24 hours.
  3. True or False: Plaque accumulation may eventually lead to an increase in problems like cardiac disease.

Quiz Answers

  1. False. Plaque is considered “bad” because it can lead to serious oral health problems. Though you may prevent these issues, if they occur, you will require restorative treatments to address the problem and restore the wellbeing of your smile.
  2. True. One of the reasons we suggest you brush your teeth two times a day every day is because plaque has the ability to harden into a substance you cannot brush off of your teeth. Tartar may form within just one day.
  3. True. Your oral-systemic health is the way your oral health affects your general health. If plaque is left to accumulate and leads to periodontal disease, the bacteria can make their way into your bloodstream. They may then negatively affect your general health by inflaming tissues throughout your system.