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Plaque (Definition)

A plaque is a broad, raised area on the skin. For example, patients with psoriasis have a lot of scaly plaques on their ...Read more


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I have a black line between my front two lower teeth. Is this black a build up of plaque or could it be something else?

I have a black line between my front two lower teeth. Is this black a build up of plaque or could it be something else?

See dentist: See your dentist, this may be a buildup of calculus, that needs to be removed by your dentist or hygienist. See your dentist for a definitive diagnosis and keep recall visits as prescribed by your dentist. ...Read more

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How does the build up of plaque in someone with atherosclerosis cause the hardening of the arteries?

How does the build up of plaque in someone with atherosclerosis cause the hardening of the arteries?

Not the same things: Plaque buildup (atherosclerosis) in the arteries can make them less flexible, but the old term "hardening of the arteries" (arteriosclerosis) is usually attributed to a decrease in flexibility of the vessel wall even without any plaque present. It is more related to the collagen/structure of the vessel wall themselves. The utility of this term is waning as medicine advances. ...Read more

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I stopped eating meat and have noticed that my gums are becoming very light, pale pink in colour (this is not a build up of plaque), is this anaemia?

I stopped eating meat and have noticed that my gums are becoming very light, pale pink in colour (this is not a build up of plaque), is this anaemia?

Not necessarily: This is not necessarily a sign of anemia. Check if the inner lining of your under eyelids are pale and if the palms of your hands look pale as well. The best way to tell is get a blood test. If you are menstruating and have heavier cycles, then of course you are at higher risk of anemia. ...Read more

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Had pneumococcal bacteremia, told likely from sinuses but how do i know if my cracked tooth and build up of plaque wasn't the real cause?

Had pneumococcal bacteremia, told likely from sinuses but how do i know if my cracked tooth and build up of plaque wasn't the real cause?

It is possible: In the presence of plaque even daily life activities such as eating, brushing the teeth or using toothpicks may induce bacteremia. See your dentist right away to find out what can be done for your tooth and to improve your oral health. ...Read more

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How can I control very bad plaque build up?

?teeth-See dentist: As described, "very bad plaque build up" may first need to be treated by a dentist, and then you can start to perform the necessary treatments and protocols to keep the plaque from getting that bad again (with basic good oral hygiene habits the dentist can instruct you on).If talking about arteries, eat healthy with decreased fats and cholesterol and assure your bpis controlled-see dr 4 reg visits. ...Read more

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Are there any ways to reverse plaque build-up in the small arterioles through diet/exercise?

Are there any ways to reverse plaque build-up in the small arterioles through diet/exercise?

Depends: If it is early disease, maybe but will need extensive nutritional supplementation & dietary changes. For advanced disease will need chelation, oxidative therapies which are quite effective. ...Read more

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What causes plaque build up in arteries?

What causes plaque build up in arteries?

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. ...Read more