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Chapter-26 Plaque Control

BOOK TITLE: A Textbook of Public Health Dentistry

Author
1. Marya CM
ISBN
9789350252161
DOI
10.5005/jp/books/11413_26
Edition
1/e
Publishing Year
2011
Pages
29
Author Affiliations
1. Sudha Rustagi College of Dental Sciences and Research, Faridabad, Haryana, India, Sudha Rustagi College of Dental Sciences and Research Faridabad, Haryana, India
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Abstract

The role of dental plaque in the initiation of dental caries and periodontal diseases is now well documented. Plaque is the soft, non-mineralized, bacterial deposits which form on the teeth that are not adequately cleaned. As soon as the plaque is removed from teeth, it immediately begins to build up again. Thus, a good plaque control program must be continuous and a daily commitment over a lifetime. This chapter describes the two basic approaches in plaque control i.e. mechanical plaque control and chemical plaque control. Mechanical plaque control measures which include various types of toothbrushes, interdental oral hygiene aids and adjunctive aids remains the most widely accepted mechanism for plaque control. But the bacterial etiology of periodontal diseases justifies supportive use of chemical plaque control which includes various antimicrobial agents like antibiotics, phenolic compounds, enzymes, quarternary ammonium compounds, bisbiguanides and many others.

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