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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mazin Kizy
21 years experience in Dentistry
Hardened plaque: Plaque forms around your teeth all the time. If not removed it gets hardened by the minerals in your saliva. Once it has turned into tarter it is mu ... Read More

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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Moore
34 years experience in Dentistry
Almost impossible.: Tartar buildup needs to be professionally removed, otherwise you can do damage to your natural tooth if you use the wrong or over the counter dental i ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Willis Hardesty
27 years experience in Dentistry
May or may not: Tartar accumulation is best minimized by careful oral hygiene. Brushing at least twice a day for two minutes and flossing at least once per day, prefe ... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Media Najafi
21 years experience in Dentistry
Yes: It can help remove thin layer of plaque which is combination of bacteria, protein film layer on teeth and food debris. Effective for stain removal as ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Irving Lebovics
Specializes in Prosthodontics
Not really: Fluoride rinses are helpful with preventing tooth decay but only mildly helpful with plaque removal and hardly at all with preventing calculus build ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience in Dentistry
Yup: So can his/her hygienist.
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Spitzer
34 years experience in Dentistry
Tarter removal: An ultrasonic cleaning instrument can be used at the dental office by their hygienist to remove the bulk amount of tarter. Hand scaling with instrume ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Doyon
35 years experience in Cosmetic Dentistry
Calcification: Tartar, or calculus, is dental plaque that has hardened or calcified because the plaque hasn't been properly disrupted or removed by brushing and flos ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gregory LaMorte
41 years experience in Periodontics
Scaling: Healthy tooth enamel is hard and cannot be removed by dental scaling when done by a properly trained individual.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Frymark
45 years experience in Dentistry
Hygienist and YOU: Tartar, also called calculus, is the hard material that might accumulate on teeth. It's a powerful irritant to the gums and prevents proper cleaning. ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Kirschner
8 years experience in Dentistry
None: Plaque in a pocket must be scraped out by the dentist giving you a periodontal curretage. No mouthwash can remove plaque.. Listerine plaque mouthwas ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dominick Curalli
19 years experience in Dentistry
No: Chewing trident gum can be helpful if it is sugar free as this can stimulate saliva and buffer acids in your mouth. You still need to brush and floss ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nela Cordero
53 years experience in Pediatrics
White Teeth: Dentists can make your teeth white after cleaning. You can gargle with h2o2 about a teaspoon for ten minutes after brushing your teeth.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Schneider
33 years experience in Pediatric Dentistry
If mild, yes: If the decay is just getting started (often called a white spot lesion) then yes, it may be reversible. A good product for this is mi paste plus, whi ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Wright
32 years experience in Dentistry
Multiple: To get a cavity you need three things to be present; a susceptible host tooth fermentable carbohydrates specific type of bacteria must be present ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience in Pain Management
Definitely, yes: The most common sign of tartar is a yellow or brown color to teeth or gums. Once tartar has formed, only your dentist or dental hygienist can remove i ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
49 years experience in Dentistry
Not really: Flossing is designed to clean the areas between the teeth which are usually not visible. There are many ways to whiten the teeth: having them cleane ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Wilkoff
38 years experience in Dentistry
Reverse is true: Actually, not removing the hardened deposits will allow your teeth to fall out. Tartar, known by dentist as calculus, is teaming with bacteria! these ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leonard Pizzolatto
40 years experience in General Practice
No: Usually once a tooth has a filling it is useless to apply a sealant. Most fillings occupy the same area on a tooth that the sealant would go in.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Courey
Specializes in Prosthodontics
Its OK.: Otc rinses are only effective with good oral care habits. Plax or listerine or any other is not a substitute for brushing and flossing; it is an enha ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Farr
Specializes in Dentistry
No: Neither will whitening toothpaste for that matter. All whitening toothpastes do is remove external staining by virtue of using larger abrasives in the ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Kattuah
22 years experience in Dentistry
Remove stains: And it does not always work well.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dinh Bui
Dr. Dinh Bui answered
22 years experience in Dentistry
Nonabrasive kind: Enamel can only be preserved by using nonabrasive tooth paste (usually the inexpensive kind). Fluoride on the toothpaste can also help in preventing ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jerry Hu
Dr. Jerry Hu answered
22 years experience in Cosmetic Dentistry
MI Paste: Mi paste plus has recaldent, and it can help with calcium to enamel, and make sure you're not lactose intolerant.

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