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A 37-year-old member asked:

how can i remove plaque or tartar?

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Dr. John DeWolf
Dentistry 40 years experience
3 ways: Flossing or using inter-dental aids will remove plaque from between your teeth. Brushing properly with a soft brush will then remove most remaining plaque, which is a soft adherent layer of bacteria and proteins. Tartar or calculus is a hardened deposit that often results from poor plaque removal that will need to be removed professionally at a dental office.
Dr. Sharon Perelman
Dentistry 29 years experience
Brushing and floss: Plaque is the soft film that builds up on your teeth , this is removed by brushing and flossing. If the plaque remains on the teeth it can harden and form tartar ( called calculus). This will be removed by having a professional dental cleaning.
Dr. Kayvon Javid
Dentistry 20 years experience
Cleaning : At home by brushing and flossing and visiting your dentist for your regular cleaning.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

I've started to use a gentle toothbrush, but will it still help remove plaque?

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Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Yes: Many dentists recommend the use of children's toothbrushes because they are smaller and can reach teeth better and softer so they don't cut the gums. There are also good adult toothbrushes which provide more gentle cleaning. The important things for people are using the appropriate toothpaste and the correct technique to brush. A qualified dental hygienist can help guide adults to effective ones.
Dr. Anthony D'Amico
Dentistry 54 years experience
Actually dentists are also qualified to show you the proper technique.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

Will tca be as effective as surgery to remove warts?

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Dr. Sheila Goodman
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Most of the time: If your warts are not large, tca is likely to be just as effective as surgery to remove them. Larger warts may not respond or may take multiple treatments to resolve. If you aren't pregnant, Aldara (imiquimod) cream may be another option. Instead of destroying the warts, it gets your immune system to attack them and can be done by you at home.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Will applying duct tape to warts remove them?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Helps with removal: For those who work to remove warts using otc products the duct tape has been used as a part of the process.Wart remover (a concentrated salicylic acid) is applied to the wart & let dry, the duct tape is cut to a size bigger than the wart & applied. Removal a day or 2 later pulls off a dead layer of wart. The procedure is repeated until the wart is gone. This is a slow process but sometimes works.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Must I have my cataract removed?

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Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
No: Typically only time cataracts must be removed if they are causing extremely high eye pressure (phacomorphic, phacolytic, phacoanaphylactic) or traumatically dislodged and causing the cornea to decompensate or retina problems if in the posterior chamber.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Do warts have to be removed by a doctor?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Resistant large: If over the counter products do not work than you need to see a doctor for other treatment options.

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