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The view of dental plaque and its constituent microorganisms has changed during the last decades and in recent years, dental researchers have begun to view dental plaque as a biofilm. This shifting view of dental plaque has important implications for future efforts in prevention and treatment.One consequence of dental plaque is gingivitis, which is the mildest form of periodontal disease. If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis which may eventually lead to tooth loss. Recent findings also suggest that periodontal disease may be related to certain systemic conditions. Removing and inhibiting dental plaque biofilm reduces gingival inflammation and bleeding, helping to prevent the progression of gingivitis. Effective mechanical dental plaque removal in combination with chemotherapeutic dentifrices for patients’ home care routine is a convenient way to provide protection against gingivitis and dental plaque.
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