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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 37 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 41 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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