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Dental Speak, Defined.

Dentists and Hygienist have a language all their own. This guide breaks down the professional terminology into everyday language.

Arterial Plaque

Arterial plaque, also known as clogged arteries, develops from a fatty buildup called plaque in the inner walls of the arteries of the heart. Bacteria that form at the gumline and on the teeth may enter the blood stream during chewing, oral hygiene care (brushing/flossing) or a professional cleaning appointment. Published clinical studies have found that plaque in the heart arteries can lead to a heart attack or stroke and it is of vital importance to clean the mouth effectively to prevent this from occurring.

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