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tartar build up under gums

A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Kattuah
22 years experience Dentistry
Possibly: Normally the presence of tartar is not painful, but sometimes the tartar can be sharp and irritate your gums to point where they become infected. Pain ... Read More
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Dr. Kenneth Grossman
43 years experience Endodontics
Yes: Tartar and calculus act like sandpaper on your gums. Proper home care w/ flossing and brushing a nd flossing along w/ agood cleaning will prevent this ... Read More

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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. K Bigelow
Dr. K Bigelow answered
35 years experience Dentistry
Dental Hygienist: A qualified dental hygienist or dentist can painlessly remove the hard tartar from your teeth. The hard cement-like tartar is removed using sharp dent ... Read More
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Dr. Dante De Crescenzo
48 years experience Dentistry
See your dentist: Tarter is a calcified substance that is often tightly adhered to the outer surface of a tooth. In most cases, once it has adhered, it would be very d ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Williams
45 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Find a new dentist: One who treats more aggressively and thoroughly. There are vast differences in dentists. Demand a well - designed treatment plan to get rid of your d ... Read More
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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
35 years experience Dentistry
Gingivitis: You need more than just a single cleaning to treat inflamed gums. Have you seen the dentist since your initial cleaning? Have you followed the dent ... Read More
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
See your dentist : again for re-evaluation. You may need subgingival (deep cleaning) and root planning to remove: contamination, toxins, micro-organisms, plaque, and cal ... Read More
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
Ask your Dentist: All tarter above and below gum line should be removed. Roots of teeth should be glass smooth and gum tissues inflammation free. If you are unsure as ... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bruce Pope
44 years experience Dentistry
Yes : Yes, there will be some reattachment after the teeth have been cleaned. Measurements are usually made before and some months after to see both the amo ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
35 years experience Dentistry
See dentist: The best way for you to find an answer is to see a dentist for an exam. When was the last time you had your teeth cleaned? Is the bleeding only aroun ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
It's not: No one has to use an electric toothbrush for proper oral hygiene. A hand held toothbrush and dental floss is all that is necessary. However, many pa ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
It is normal: During deep cleaning, instruments are used to remove plaque and to eliminate the source of infection. As a result, discomfort and swelling are usuall ... Read More
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A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marvin Ott
19 years experience Emergency Medicine
Not necessarily: Tartar doesn't necessarily form that quickly. Just follow your dentist's advice, and then start flossing as soon as they allow, since flossing is esse ... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. George Markle
42 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Ouch!: Sensitivity after having your teeth cleaned of lots of tartar at the gumline is not unusual. Try one of the over the counter toothpaste for sensiti ... Read More

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