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is it possible for plaque to break away from the teeth/tooth?

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Dr. SCOTT HARWOOD
45 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Yes : Plaque deposits can break off of the teeth. However, waiting for that to happen is not as wise as going to the dentist for a good cleaning.
Answered on Feb 17, 2013
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Dr. Robert Mokbel
42 years experience Dentistry
Very Rarely: Dental plaque is by nature a thin sticky film that covers the surfaces of the teeth, it hardens in 24 hours and then it becomes tarter ( calculus) , it is possible for a small piece of tarter to chip away, it is best if you get everything removed by a heath care professional.
Answered on Dec 3, 2012
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Dr. Ronald Achong
18 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Great answer. I agree 100%
Dec 3, 2012
Dr. Yigal Prilutsky
20 years experience Dentistry
Yes: It is possible and desirable! that's the main goal of brushing and flossing. You want to remove plaque before it hardens and turns into tartar.
Answered on Oct 22, 2018
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
53 years experience Orthodontics
Terminology: Dental plaque is composed of bacteria and food debris. It is soft, sticky, and easily removed w toothbrush and dental floss or water pik. If calcium from your saliva accumulates in the plaque on the teeth, it hardens into tarter (what dentists cal calculus). Gum damaging tarter usually needs to be removed professionally, it won't fall off on its own. Please see your dentist.
Answered on Oct 22, 2013
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Dr. Susan Hollinsworth
43 years experience Dentistry
I agree but sometimes a calculus(hardened plaque) chunk can come off with a pick or even your fingernail if it is large enough and soft enough to get under it. This doesn't happen very often, but I know many people who try to pick it off.Sometimes they can get a little chunk of it, but a dentist and/or hygienist needs to remove the bulk of it,especially under the gum.
Oct 22, 2013

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