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How do you help presumed dental plaque?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 33 years experience
Dental plaque: Treatment for dental plaque will reduce the risk for dental caries (cavities) and gingivitis. Regular brushing and flossing reduces that chance that plaque will damage the tooth enamel. Professional dental cleaning removes plaque and tartar that cannot be removed by brushing and flossing. Professional cleaning, performed once or twice a year, can prevent the build-up of plaque.
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Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 55 years experience
Dental plaque is the colonizaton of bacteria on the teeth. If there is no gum disease, thorough flossing and brushing and with a good mouth rinse and toothpaste will prevent much new plaque from forming. Inadequate plaque removal allows the number of bacterial colonies to double every 4 hours and tartar to form within 48 hours. Professional cleaning will remove the plaque & tartar but will not prevent the buildup of soft plaque. You must do it daily with good home care.
Aug 18, 2012
Dr. James Wright
Dentistry 34 years experience
Home Care & Dentist: Dental plaque builds up & one of the main ways to protect against plaque, is to brush your teeth after meals, and floss twice per day. Using an electric sonicare or oral b toothbrush and a hydrofloss oral irrigator is very helpful in maintaining clean, healthy gums and teeth. It is also important to see a dentist for an exam and professional dental cleaning at least two times each year.
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Dr. Stephen Enriquez
Addiction Medicine 34 years experience
Simply: Good daily hygiene, consistent n regular ck up appointments.
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