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What percent of debris that form on teeth are merely sloughed off cells from the tongue and cheek?
Are sloughed off cells from the tongue and cheek a significant cause of dental decay?

there is no way to calculate this percentage...there are many outside factors that influence this: foods, medicines, stress factors, and more. but i can tell you that sloughed off cells are not a cause of decay. decay is strictly this: bacteria (dental plaque) are colonizing on the teeth...when you eat sugars, these bacteria metabolize the sugars and create acid...this acid is what dissolves the teeth (decay). so decay is a bacterial issue.

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