The effect of stomach acid on plaque

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    Slobo

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    Hello,

    I was wondering about the effect of stomach acid on plaque. I could find very little on the internet. (There is a lot about the effect of stomach acid on enamel, though.) Does stomach acid supports or prevents the growth of plaque and buildup of tartar?

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    Slobo, Nov 17, 2018
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    honestdoc Verified Dentist

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    Unfortunately, I do not believe their are any studies pertaining to stomach acid effects on plaque. Plaque forms constantly and acid damages the mineral content of teeth so there may not be any incentive to study the effects in question.

    There are many studies on biofilm inside root canals and the role of EDTA (acid) in removing the mineral layer under the biofilm to aid in complete cleaning.
     
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