FluffyCloud5 t1_jbdvebt wrote

For some reason I can't see your other response or reply to it, but you asked if this article was wrong:


The answer is yes, this article is incorrect. The plaque that builds in arteries with microbes in them (I suppose this could be considered the "same plaque as the teeth") occurs very rarely and is not the same as the normal plaque that builds up without microbial components.


FluffyCloud5 t1_jbdrs0e wrote

No it isn't.

Teeth plaque is a matrix of microbial biofilms, extracellular matrix components, sugar, DNA, and various metabolites.

Plaque that builds up in arteries is typically a mixture of calcium, fibrin, fats, clotting factors and waste components.

Sometimes microbial plaques get bloodborne and can colonise an artery, forming microbial plaques which are dangerous. But they are relatively rare and not the same as normal arterial plaque buildup.