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A 42-year-old member asked:

how do you help presumed dental plaque?

3 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 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.
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 54 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 33 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.
Dr. Stephen Enriquez
Addiction Medicine 33 years experience
Simply: Good daily hygiene, consistent n regular ck up appointments.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

What is the treatment for dental plaque?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 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.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of dental plaque and how can I address them?

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Dr. Michael Questell
Family Medicine 9 years experience
Plaque: Daily flossing is the best way to avoid buildup of plaque. Regular dental visits are also helpful.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What's dental plaque made of?

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Dr. Leonard Pizzolatto
General Practice 41 years experience
By products: Plaque consists of food debris, bacteria, and dead cells that have become detached from the mucosa in the mouth.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What should an alternative health practitioner want with dental plaque?

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Dr. Douglas Tavenner, jr.
Cosmetic Dentistry 50 years experience
Bacteria type: Determination of what bacteria and chemistry is in this plaque and how you can counter the damaging effect. This is a complex way of coming to the simple solution of brushing the plaque off of the teeth.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me what scaling (removal of dental plaque) involve?

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Dr. Kevin Hanley
Orthodontics 43 years experience
Removing calculus: Scaling of the teeth involves using sharp instruments to remove hardened plaque from your teeth. The dentist or dental hygienists uses scalers to remove this hard substance from the teeth. Only by having a professional cleaning are you able to remove this calculus from your teeth. It is not something you can do yourself.

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