Bacterial Plaque and Dental Disease Cause and Effect Essay by Nicky

Bacterial Plaque and Dental Disease
A look at how bacterial plaque leads to dental diseases.
# 120388 | 1,339 words | 5 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Jun 11, 2010 in Medical and Health (Dentistry)

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The paper explores how dental or bacterial plaque cause the conditions of dental caries or tooth decay, calculus or tartar, gingivitis and periodontitis. The paper discusses the specific causes, effects and treatments of these dental diseases.

Bacterial/Dental Plaque
Caries/ Tooth Decay
Calculus/ Tartar

From the Paper:

"Dental or bacterial plaque is a sticky, clear substance, which collects every day around and between teeth (National Library of Medicine 2008). It is made up of microscopic germs always present in the mouth (North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services 2008). Recent research recognizes dental plaque as a biofilm (Gurenlian 2007). A biofilm is a highly organized accumulation of communities of microbes on an environmental surface. As a biofilm, the microbes or bacteria are organized to maximize energy, spatial arrangements, communication and sustained community of the microorganisms. The very nature of a biofilm enables the bacteria in it to resist the host's defense system and antimicrobial agents. Unless removed regularly, the biofilm mature and a disease condition can form. The disease condition can be dental caries or tooth decay, gingivitis or periodontitis. Moreover, subgingival plaque, which co-occurs with periodontitis, can develop many systemic conditions, such as cardiovascular or respiratory disease, and diabetes mellitus, or adversely affect pregnancy (Gurenlian)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Barker J. S. (2008). Gingivitis. 4 pages. National Library of Medicine: National Institutes of Health. Retrieved on October 14, 2008 from
  • Beemsterboer, P. B. (1998) Plaque and calculus. 7 pages. Periodontics Information Center: University of California in Los Angeles, 1998. Retrieved on October 11, 2008 from
  • Coventry, J., et al (2000). Periodontal disease: ABC of oral health.. 6 pages. British Medical Journal: British Medical Association. Retrieved on October 10, 2008 from;col1
  • Gurenlian, J. J. R. (2007). The role of dental plaque biofilm in oral health. 12 pages.Access: American Dental Hygienists' Association. Retrieved on October 10, 2008 from>tag=content;col1
  • Thivierge, B. (2008). Tooth decay. 7 pages. Encyclopedia of Medicine: CNET Networks. Retrieved on October 10, 2008 from;col1

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