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A 61-year-old male asked:

how do you treat plaque and tartar buildup?

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Dr. Deborah Ungerleider
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Prevention is key: The best “treatment” is prevention with daily at least twice per day brushing (more if can after each meal), flossing each day and regular visits to the dentist (every 6 months at least) for cleanings. Your dentist may have you come more often if you build up plaque quickly.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Dental Calculus: Once formed, calculus needs to be scraped off by a dental hygienist or dentist... you can not just use a brush. Failure to remove calculus may result in bone loss and loss of teeth. See your dentist regularly to help prevent extensive buildup.

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What can I expect during radiation plaque surgery?

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Consult your surgeon: Consult your surgeon. Wishing you the best.
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What will it be like during my hospital stay after radiation plaque therapy?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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Boring!: As ssume cobalt 60 placque for ocular melanoma, but you are hospitalized so the radiation does not expose others to the radiotherapy that you are receiving medically. Check with your doctors, but your visitors will be few, far and there for short periods to avoid their exposure, so you will be alone, and need to have talking books, music and distraction. Very few physical effects.
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How do I have all the other arteries check to see if any plaque is building up or blockage?

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Various modalities: There are non-invasive tests to look for blockages such as stress echocardiography (stress test w/ultrasound imaging), nuclear myocardial perfusion imaging (nuclear medicine imaging), cardiac ct and MRI (mri is still investigational for coronary anatomy). Gold standard examination requires invasive cardiac catheterization with dye injected into the arteries (or ultrasound) and imaged.
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A 54-year-old female asked:

How do you tell what plaque type you have without an angiogram?

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Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Need more info: I am not sure about your question. Plaques are usually formed by abnormal accumulation of different versions of cholesterol that are affected by many factors like diabetes, hypertension, smoking, genetics, meds, etc. They cause trouble more based on location and age of the plaque (older can be more stable), as well as these other factors, than by a certain type.
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What causes plaque build up in arteries?

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Dr. Ryan Stanton
Emergency Medicine 18 years experience
Inflammation: It is an ongoing process of damage, inflammation, and scarring that progressively obstructs the blood flow. It is exacerbated by lifestyle, health, family history/heredity, and environmental factors.

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