The formation of plaque on your teeth is caused by eating foods that are rich in sugars and carbohydrates, and is facilitated by a lack of proper oral hygiene. Foods that produce acids, such as candy, soda, juices that contain added sugar, and many breads, cereals and pastas that are also high in sugar and carbohydrates are some of the leading causes of plaque buildup.
Plaque on your teeth that is not properly cleaned or removed can lead to a number of oral health problems, including tooth decay, gingivitis, and much more. Plaque slowly eats away at the protective enamel on your teeth, allowing bacteria to grow and cause irritation, soreness, infections, and other types of periodontal disease, such as receding gums.
It is important to visit your dentist on a regular basis so that he can professionally remove plaque from your teeth, as well as instruct you on how to properly care for your oral health so that you can do your part to remove plaque as well.