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A 36-year-old member asked:

is it possible to get rid of hard plaque off teeth without going to dentist?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
No: Hard plaque is called calculus (tartar) and cannot be removed by patients on their own. You need to have it professionally removed by your dentist or dental hygienist. Please understand that much of the calculus may be below your gums where you cannot even see it.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Not DIY: Sorry. You don't have the instruments, training, access, or ability to perform this task. You really need a pro to do this for you. For example, if you have tarter above the gum line you also have tarter below the gum line causing havoc. Tarter is preventable, so have your dentist or his hygienist get your teeth scrupulously clean and then show you how to minimize accretions.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

What can I do if my teeth have lots of yellow plaque on them. How do I get rid of it?

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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 36 years experience
Brushing : Brushing will remove plaque. Xylitol gum or mints can decrease the amount of plaque that is formed by decreasing the number of bad bacteria in your mouth. Certain foods such as crackers and breads can increase plaque. Antacids such as Tums (calcium carbonate) can stick to teeth and cause more plaque build up. Keep on brushing.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What can I do to get rid of some plaque on my teeth?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Toothbrush ; Floss: A toothbrush and toothpaste ; flossing should rid your teeth of accumulated plaque. If the plaque has hardened into calculus, then you will need to have it scraped and removed at your dentist's office. No amount of brushing will remove it.. You will only damage your teeth and gums...
Grants Pass, OR
A 24-year-old female asked:

How can I get rid of plaque, and also prevent more plaque from forming on my teeth?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Brush: Germs cause plaque, and they will always live in the mouth, so plaque will always be forming. The only way to control it is to brush often. Mouthwash can help cut down on germs as well, but all of these tactics will only reduce plaque for a short time. They have to be repeated 2-3 times a day, every day.

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