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what is plaque and what causes it to form?

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Dr. Howard Kirschner
Dentistry 9 years experience
Saliva deposits: Dental tooth plaque is formed from deposits from your saliva. Some people have more such deposits than other people. It is a factor of your saliva. You can do proper toothbrushing to prevent a build-up of plaque deposits on your teeth. You can also use listerine plaque preventive mouthwash, which helps reduce the build-up with proper toothbrushing. If you get a lot of plaque go to the dentist.
Dr. William Cromwell
Clinical Lipidology 34 years experience
Arterial Plaque: Atherosclerosis, also known as “hardening of the arteries”, occurs when areas of the artery wall thicken in response to either increased modifiable (high LDL particle levels, smoking or high blood pressure )and non-modifiable (genetics, age, gender) risk factors. Over time, areas of focal thickening may grow into a larger lesion called a “plaque" that can limit blood flow through the vessel.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

When will the doctor know if the radiation plaque treatment has been successful?

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Dr. George Mathew
Cardiology 58 years experience
Be more sprecific.: U need to give more details about the radiation plaque before it can be answered.
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A 54-year-old female asked:

Are there tests for plaque size?

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Dr. Michio Abe
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Tests for plaque: The degree of plaque formation can be estimated by coronary angiogram via cardiac catheterization, duplex ultrasound for carotid and peripheral arteries, intravascular ultrasound, ct scan or mri.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Why do I have periodontal disease at 19 years? Didnt like to brush so got plaque but no cavities.

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Dr. Maureen Mays
Specializes in Clinical Lipidology
You didn't brush: Periodontal disease (disease of the teeth at/below the gums) is very serious and common in those that do not floss and brush. Once you get it under control you may want to consider brushing with a soft brush twice a day and flossing once ever day.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What is plaque and why is it so harmful?

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Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Dental, vascular or?: Are you asking about dental, vascular, brain or skin plaques? A variety of diseases are caused by plaques: sweet's syndrome, alzheimer's disease, psoriasis, carotid artery disease, arteriosclerosis, are but a few.
A 48-year-old member asked:

What's the innermost layer of the arteries's vulnerabilities to plaque?

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Dr. Michael Korona
Interventional Radiology 33 years experience
Intima: Is the inner layer of blood vessels. Inflammation of this layer begins the process of plaque formation.

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