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What is Materia alba? Can we remove Materia alba at Home?

Materia alba is a soft chalky white deposit on the tooth surface primarily composed of bacteria, salivary proteins, epithelial cells, and food debris. It is not a well organized structure like dental plaque.

Materia alba can be viewed through naked eye and it is soft enough so it can be easily removed at home with water spray and regular tooth brushing.

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