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How are plaque, calculus and dental caries different?

How are plaque, calculus and dental caries different?

3 Different Things: Plaque- The soft, sticky material that accumulates on your teeth constantly and is removed with brushing and flossing Calculus - Calcified plaque that has to be professionally removed. It is associated with periodontal diseases. Caries - Tooth decay. It is caused by specific bacteria within the plaque that infect the teeth and break down tooth structure with acid. ...Read more

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What toothpaste and mouthwash work to remove plaque from periodonal pockets?

What  toothpaste and mouthwash work to remove plaque from periodonal pockets?

None: Plaque in a pocket must be scraped out by the dentist giving you a periodontal curretage. No mouthwash can remove plaque.. Listerine plaque mouthwash can help prevent the formation of plaque, but cannot remove it once it is present. Go to your dentist. Do not try to be your own dentist.. ...Read more

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Can dental sealants stick to dental fillings?

Can dental sealants stick to dental fillings?

Sometimes.: The materials used for dental sealants stick to tooth surface but won't stick to metal fillings. Some times dentists place dental sealants next to fillings to fill in any small gaps between the filling and the tooth's surface. ...Read more

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Dental caries, tooth decay: causes?

Dental caries, tooth decay:  causes?

Bacteria: Tooth decay is caused when the bacteria in plaque are exposed to sugars and metabolize the sugars into acid. Plaque is sticky and concentrates the acid onto the enamal of your teeth which dissolves it creating a cavity. Plaque without sugar or starch wil not cause decay. Sugar without plaque will not cause decay. Acid alone, like lemons, will dissolve enamal and can cause decay, . ...Read more

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Will dental sealants to prevent gum erosion?

Will dental sealants to prevent gum erosion?

NO: No a dental sealant will not protect your gum tissue from eroding. Have your dentist check your bite and make sure it is balanced. Also check for wear facets or signs of clenching and grinding. Also make sure you do not use anything stiffer than a soft tooth brush. ...Read more

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Can dental abscesses cause halitosis?

Can dental abscesses cause halitosis?

Yes: If the abscess is draining into your mouth it can cause halitosis. The abscess needs to be treated regardless. ...Read more

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Can peroxide mouth rinses remove plaque or prevent gum disease?

Can peroxide mouth rinses remove plaque or prevent gum disease?

Rinses dont reach: Gum disease is below the gum tissue. Rinses are good above the gum, but cannot reach beneath the gum tissue and even if they were directed below the gum tissue they would be flushed out by the fluid that forms there. You treat gum disease with a method like the perio protect method that delivers doctor selected medicines below the gum tissue where it controls the bacteria. ...Read more

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Are the dental caries infectious?

Are the dental caries infectious?

No : They are infections, but not infectious. You can' thatch or give dental cavities. If you do have cavities, caries, infected teeth, the infection is very destructive and can spread through your body. Please call your dentist before cavities become painful dangerous abscesses. ...Read more

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Why do biofilms cause tooth decay?

Why do biofilms cause tooth decay?

Plaque: Biofilms usually refer to bacterial accumulation in water lines. Biofilms such as bacterial plaque on teeth will cause many problems. An accumulation of bad bacteria anywhere in your body is a bad thing. Strep mutans accumulating on your teeth allow them to secrete acids that degrade your tooth enamel and ultimately create decay. ...Read more

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Do dental sealants prevent gum erosion?

Do dental sealants prevent gum erosion?

No : No.. Sealants are put onto the biting surface of the teeth... Not near the gums. ...Read more

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Could halitosis involved anaerobic oral bacteria be erased by mouthwash oxidizing agents?

Could halitosis involved anaerobic oral bacteria be erased by mouthwash oxidizing agents?

Halitosis: In the majority of cases, the cause of bad breath or halitosis, is the product of bacteria in the mouth and gum disease. The proper diagnosis is the key to a successful treatment. See your dentist for Halimeter test, diagnosis and bad breath treatment that depends on its cause. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can dental cavities cause bacteremia and sepsis?

Can dental cavities cause bacteremia and sepsis?

Yes: Dental cavities are caused by bacteria in the mouth. This same bacteria can get into the blood steam through breaks i'm the gums even when you brush your teeth. Occasionally this bacteria can cause sepsis particularly when it attacks the valves i'm the heart. ...Read more

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Could fluoride rinse really prevent tartar buildup?

Could fluoride rinse really prevent tartar buildup?

Not really: Fluoride rinses are helpful with preventing tooth decay but only mildly helpful with plaque removal and hardly at all with preventing calculus buildup. There are some rinse additives that claim to prevent calculus buildup but studies don't bear it out. The best way to reduce calculus and tartar build up is with physical plaque removal with a toothbrush and floss and regular dental cleanings ...Read more

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Can dental x-rays miss detecting a dental abscess?

Can dental x-rays miss detecting a dental abscess?

Yes: When there is an abscess in the bone, then it appears in the x-ray by the pattern of bone destruction. If an abscess is small, or limited to soft tissue, then it will not be evident on an x-ray. Additionally, an x-ray is a 2-dimensional view of a 3-d environment - if the abscess is superimposed by another structure in the image, then the abscess may not be evident in the x-ray. ...Read more

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Which tooth brush is designed to clean wisdom teeth?

Which tooth brush is designed to clean wisdom teeth?

Any adult brush: I am not aware of any tooth brush that has been designed specifically for wisdom teeth. The technique and way you brush your teeth is more important than the design of the brush. Any adult brush was mentioned only to allow adequate length for the brush to reach the wisdom teeth. ...Read more

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Oral hygiene - which is most important: brushing teeth, flossing, or brushing the tongue?

Oral hygiene - which is most important: brushing teeth, flossing, or brushing the tongue?

All: Brushing removes plaque from your teeth to prevent cavities and gum disease. Flossing aids in removing plaque between your teeth preventing gum disease. Brushing your tongue improves home care by removing sulfer producing bacteria implicating in causing bad breath. ...Read more

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Can dental cleaning and scaling clean off my teeth plague?

Can dental cleaning and scaling clean off my teeth plague?

Definitely, yes: Dental cleanings involve removing plaque (soft, sticky, bacteria infested film) and tartar by definition. The dental hygienist or dentist uses specialized instruments to gently remove these deposits without harming the teeth and surrounding tissue. ...Read more

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Waterpik vs dental floss? Which is better?

Waterpik vs dental floss? Which is better?

Easy...dental floss!: A waterpik and/or airflosser are great products, however they are not a replacement for good flossing habits--they are a replacement for not flossing. This is not the same thing. These tools can be incorporated in your regular dental home care to stimulate gum tissue and help clean around braces or under dental bridges but it is still not better than floss. Sorry to be the bearer of this news. ...Read more

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Dental Plaque (Definition)

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