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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?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
Can you tell me in order to get a heart attack, the artery to the heart has to be blocked by a build up of fat; plaque, so that little or no blood goes thru. right?
Yes: That's a reasonable description of the pathogenesis. ...Read more
?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
Yes: Some studies show the start of plaque regression at HDL levels greater than 45 mg/dl. This may be accomplished through cardiovascular exercise, diets that are low in saturated fats and rich in unsaturated fats, and dietay supplements containing omega-3 fish oils. Consult with your family doctor, internist, or cardiologist for more details. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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