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How To Get Plaque Off Teeth
Tartar: The hardened build up on teeth is called calculus and may be removed by a professional dental cleaning. Brushing and flossing will help to prevent it from building up. Crowded teeth make it much more difficult to keep these teeth clean and you are more prone to gum disease. Talk to your dentist about straightening your tooth orthodontically. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more
Not recommeded: You would have to use the dental scalers a hygienist uses. Unless you have dental training on this you could: 1. Remove gum tissue/ filling 2. Infect yourself by not using a sterile instrument in your mouth leading to cold sores or tetanus. It takes a lot of training to safely enter the mouth with a sharp scaler. As a dentist i woul not consider scaling my one teeth and pay a hygienist to do i. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Dentist or hygienist: Only a dental professional can get the tarter off. It is pretty much impossible for a patient to scrape it off. After you get them cleaned, you definitely can keep it off with proper care, such as using a power toothbrush and flossing. Straightening the teeth will also make them easier to clean. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
See your dentist: The most effective (and safest) way to remove tartar is by having a dental cleaning (prophylaxis)...Tartar is very hard and stuck to enamel, removing it yourself is difficult. Using sharp instruments to try and remove it yourself is not recommended. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Not DIY: Sorry. You don't have the instruments, training, access, or ability to perform this task. You really need a pro to do this for you. For example, if you have tarter above the gum line you also have tarter below the gum line causing havoc. Tarter is preventable, so have your dentist or his hygienist get your teeth scrupulously clean and then show you how to minimize accretions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes.. good start: Most dental offices like to first see you for an exam and x-rays to evaluate your oral health. They will than diagnose the health of your teeth and supporting tissues. If your gum and bone are healthy, a regular cleaning can be performed by your dental office. If you have signs of severe periodontal disease your dentist may have to refer you to a specialist (periodontist). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Wouldn't wait: I'm not sure what you are asking but...If you have tartar (calculus) on your teeth it can all be knocked off at anytime with a good cleaning. But, the longer you wait will allow the tartar to gather, get heavy and start affecting the gums and bone which keep your teeth tightly in your mouth. Remeber to take care of only the ones you want to keep in the long run. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Brush: Just so we are talking about the same thing, plaque is the soft stuff that easily comes off, and tartar is the calcified stuff. We all get plaque, every day, and if you notice it on your teeth, it is only there because you miss it when you brush or floss. Refine your technique and see what happens! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Tooth stains: Surface stains can be removed by a dentist or dental hygienist. Stained fillings can be polish or replaced. Internal stains require tooth whitening procedure. Really bad stains such as from tetracycline during tooth development require porcelain laminates or crowns. Hopefully your are just the surface kind. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Brushing your teeth: is one of those routine things you do without thinking much about it. Use a soft toothbrush. Brushing in a circular motion up to the gum line instead of brushing in a vigorous back and forth motion is the key. Don't put too much pressure on your teeth or gums and you should always brush your tongue. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Teeth whitening: You can use over the counter tooth paste or crest 3D whitening strips or pens. However, they are not so effective and/or stable. OTC bleach and whitening tooth paste could be used as a supplement only. A professional home whitening system with custom trays for the long term effect. You will be very happy with the results. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bleaching: Whitening toothpaste can help reduce stains (coffee, tea, tobacco) on the outside of teeth. But, to really whiten teeth, there are three different types of 'bleaching': 1. Over-the-counter = crest whitestrips. 2. Trays that hold bleaching gel against the teeth, and 3. In-(dental)office bleaching. All three types of whitening are effective. The faster the effects, the more expensive. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: Teeth bleaching in a dental office is your best shot at whitening your teeth. Most bleaching solutions are a type of hydrogen peroxide in gel form. The main difference between over the counter bleaching and in office is concentration . If your teeth are extrinsicly stained, good brushing habits and avoiding coffee sodas and othe acidic drinks will help keep them stay whiter. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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