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Should i still floss if i already have tartar/plaque on my teeth?

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Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 41 years experience
Absolutely: It will help keep more from forming. Will also help keep the tissues as healthy as possible given the existing tartar. It will remove the plaque, but not the tartar. See your dentist for exam and hygienist for the cleaning. Plenty of good ones here in the philly area.
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
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Yes: Brushing only cleans part of your teeth. Flossing is essential for good oral hygiene . Flossing or brushing does not remove the hard deposits once formed. But it does prevent them in the first place. Get a good dental cleaning then brush and floss regularly.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Only if...: Only if you don't want more tarter to form. Tarter is calcified plaque, the sticky bacteria/food debris gunk that likes to collect between teeth where a toothbrush can't reach. If you have tarter removing it is not a diy project...Call your dentist. Get your mouth professionally cleaned, then brush 2 full minutes 2x/day and floss every day.

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