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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Tongue Plaque

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What are the causes of there to be plaque on the back of my tongue?

What are the causes of there to be plaque on the back of my tongue?

Several reasons: This is an area that collects plaque, bacteria from eating and post-nasal drip. Important to use a tongue scraper or brush your tongue with your toothbrush to reduce this build up. See tongue scraper photograph. ...Read more

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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What can I do to keep my tongue from getting plaque from time to time ?

What can I do to keep my tongue from getting plaque from time to time ?

Great question!: Three things to brush everyday: teeth, gums, and tongue. Sounds like you already brush your gums ; teeth. There are many tongue cleaning products; brush, blade, spoon, etc. F you do not own any gently press and scrape your tongue using a soup spoon and watch a creamy film of bacteria (plaque) coming out! tongue cleaning brushes/blades are fairly inexpensive. Try a few to find your best favorite. ...Read more

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Cant really get the plaque off my tongue by brushing it. Would a tongue scraper help with this?

Cant really get the plaque off my tongue by brushing it. Would a tongue scraper help with this?

Tongue scraper: Start by having your tongue looked at by a dentist. What you call "plaque" may or may not be actually that and therefore trying to remove it may not be advisable or possible. Using a tongue scraper gently once a day is a good idea. ...Read more

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Used a tongue scraper for the first time ever and now my tongue feels kind of raw/sore. Is this normal? I had alot of plaque so i had to scrape hard

Used a tongue scraper for the first time ever and now my tongue feels kind of raw/sore. Is this normal? I had alot of plaque so i had to scrape hard

Normal reaction: It is normal for one's tongue to feel "raw" and sore if he scraped his tongue "hard". That means whenever doing something for the first time, one should be gentle. This holds true on many occasions in life, whether it be waxing a car or scraping a tongue or... ...Read more

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I have a lump on the bottom of my tongue. It's not painful and it has what seems to be a white head, the color of plaque. Should i worry?

I have a lump on the bottom of my tongue. It's not painful and it has what seems to be a white head, the color of plaque. Should i worry?

Don't panic: The area below the tongue has a high density of salivary glands. Sounds like you may have an occluded salivary gland. Sometimes these occlusions clear on there own with salivary secretions. They tend to occur when you are dehydrated. Drink lots of water. And see your dentist for an examination of the bump ...Read more

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Does a tongue ring lead to more dental plaque?

Does a tongue ring lead to more dental plaque?

Other issues: That is what you should not be worrying about. There are other much more serious issues that should concern you. The ring constantly rubbing against your gum tissue will lead to recession, bone loss and possibly losing a tooth/teeth. I have seen many instances of people biting on their tongue ring and fracturing their teeth. Some had to be extracted. In addition it is more prone to infection. ...Read more

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What is plaque and what causes it to form?

Saliva deposits: Dental tooth plaque is formed from deposits from your saliva. Some people have more such deposits than other people. It is a factor of your saliva. You can do proper toothbrushing to prevent a build-up of plaque deposits on your teeth. You can also use listerine plaque preventive mouthwash, which helps reduce the build-up with proper toothbrushing. If you get a lot of plaque go to the dentist. ...Read more

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