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What is the treatment for dental plaque?

What is the treatment for dental plaque?

Dental cleaning: The treatment of dental plaque involves the removal of plague from your teeth. This can be accomplished by manual or electric brushing and flossing your teeth. Visiting your dentist for a professional exam and cleaning is a excellent ideal to make sure you are doing an effective job of self maintaining your oral hygiene. ...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 are the symptoms of dental plaque and how can I address them?

What are the symptoms of dental plaque and how can I address them?

Clean your teeth: Plaque is a biofilm that grows on your teeth and is mainly bacteria and food. If is stays on the teeth for a long time, it hardens into calculus which is difficult to remove. Plaque and calculus (tarter) contribute to tooth and gum disease. If you are brushingand flossing effectively, there should be little plaque. If you are not sure how effective you are, check out "listerine cool blue". ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are natural ways to eliminate dental plaque?

Need expert help here. What are natural ways to eliminate dental plaque?

Apple: An apple a day keeps the plaque away! Of course professional cleanings and good home care are a given! ...Read more

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How do dental plaque and tartar differ?

How do dental plaque and tartar differ?

Calcification: Tartar, or calculus, is dental plaque that has hardened or calcified because the plaque hasn't been properly disrupted or removed by brushing and flossing. ...Read more

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What do dentists do to remove dental plaque?

What do dentists do to remove dental plaque?

Cleaning: Removing dental plaque requires an appointment with the dentist or hygienist who uses instruments to gently scrape off the plaque from teeth which starts forming at gumline. The procedure is completed by polishing and flossing. ...Read more

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What to do about dental plaque (or something else) on my teeth?

What to do about dental plaque (or something else) on my teeth?

Get a cleaning: You should be seeing a dentist at least 2 times a year. At this appointment, you will be seen by a hygienist who will clean your teeth very carefully and remove all tartar, plaque, calculus, and debris. They will polish, and also shine your teeth. If you don not do this regularly, you will very likely develop dental infections and need more invasive dental treatment. Keep smiling! ...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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Hello docs, is dental plaque similar to aortic plaque?

Hello docs, is dental plaque similar to aortic plaque?

Plakken: Dutch, meaning "to stick". That's the similarity. But they are totally different. Here are some links:

http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/dental_plaque

http://www. Webmd. Com/heart-disease/what-is-atherosclerosis. ...Read more

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What's best for dental plaque removal?

What's best for dental plaque removal?

Dental plaque: Treatment for dental plaque will reduce the risk for dental caries (cavities) and gingivitis. Regular brushing and flossing reduces that chance that plaque will damage the tooth enamel. Professional dental cleaning removes plaque and tartar that cannot be removed by brushing and flossing. Professional cleaning, performed once or twice a year, can prevent the build-up of plaque. ...Read more

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How do you help presumed dental plaque?

How do you help presumed dental plaque?

Dental plaque: Treatment for dental plaque will reduce the risk for dental caries (cavities) and gingivitis. Regular brushing and flossing reduces that chance that plaque will damage the tooth enamel. Professional dental cleaning removes plaque and tartar that cannot be removed by brushing and flossing. Professional cleaning, performed once or twice a year, can prevent the build-up of plaque. ...Read more

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How do I eliminate dental plaque, what to do?

How do I eliminate dental plaque, what to do?

Dental plaque: You cannot eliminate dental plaque, as it will form no matter what we do. The question then becomes how do we manage it? With proper brushing and flossing at least twice a day for at least 2 minutes each time. Regular visits to the dentist for checkup and cleaning and restoring and cavities faulty restorations or broken teeth. Eating a healthy diet, less sugar and starchy foods = less plaque! ...Read more

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Can you tell me what scaling (removal of dental plaque) involve?

Can you tell me what scaling (removal of dental plaque) involve?

Removing calculus: Scaling of the teeth involves using sharp instruments to remove hardened plaque from your teeth. The dentist or dental hygienists uses scalers to remove this hard substance from the teeth. Only by having a professional cleaning are you able to remove this calculus from your teeth. It is not something you can do yourself. ...Read more

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I need some tips on how to get rid of dental plaque?

I need some tips on how to get rid of dental plaque?

Brush ; Floss: Brushing and flossing should do the trick. If you have hardened plaque (called calculus), you will need to have it removed by your dentist. ...Read more

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What is the name of the bacteria that causes dental plaque?

Strep mutans is one: There are many, but strep mutans is the one that causes cavities. There are many that cause periodontal disease. ...Read more

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What should an alternative health practitioner want with dental plaque?

What should an alternative health practitioner want with dental plaque?

Bacteria type: Determination of what bacteria and chemistry is in this plaque and how you can counter the damaging effect. This is a complex way of coming to the simple solution of brushing the plaque off of the teeth. ...Read more

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I was just wondering how and why does dental plaque form on human teeth?

Instantaneously: Less than a second after you stop brushing an aquired pellicle starts to form on your teeth. This is the nodus or seed of plaque formation. ...Read more

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Apart from visiting the dentist every 6 months is there anything I can do about dental plaque build-up?

Apart from visiting the dentist every 6 months is there anything I can do about dental plaque build-up?

Oral hygience: Brush your teeth regularly (at least twice per day, preferably after meals) and floss. ...Read more

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Does chewing gum after eating help to buildup of dental plaque?

Does chewing gum after eating help to buildup of dental plaque?

May help clean teeth: Gum chewing can clean teeth to a certain degree. The action of the gum rubbing on the surfaces of the teeth will scour off some plaque. However it tends to miss the areas where decay starts: at the margin where the gums are and in between teeth. It won't hurt, if sugarless gum, but doesn't replace brushing and flossing. ...Read more

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Expert opinions? What does a good job of getting rid of hard to reach dental plaque?

Expert opinions? What does a good job of getting rid of hard to reach dental plaque?

There are: There are lots of techniques and lots of aids available at local pharmacies. Discuss this in person with your dentist or dental hygienist who can advise what would be best for you to use and show you how to use it. ...Read more

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What's dental plaque made of?

What's dental plaque made of?

Complex: Different makeup, in different people and in different parts of the mouth. There is healthy plaque, plaque that causes decay, and plaque that causes gum disease. It is more of a progression than a uniform composition of food, bacteria, proteins. ...Read more

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I feel I have more salivation than normal, most of the time I have to stop talking to swallow it. I get dental plaque easily, I've had this for years?

Plaque not related: Saliva is "good", for many reasons. And because saliva doesn't "create" plaque (the soft, bacteria coating your brush & floss remove), a worse problem would be dry mouth (complicates everything). If you continually have a lot of tartar (hardened plaque) at your hygiene appts, then you can reduce that by improving your home care (brushing/flossing) - it will reduce decay and gum disease risk. ...Read more

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Does swallowing dental plaque causes clotting and heart disease?

Does swallowing dental plaque causes clotting and heart disease?

Plaques: Dental plaque and the plaque that occurs in the blood vessels of the heart are not one in the same. Swallowing dental plaque does not cause heart disease in the way that you are implying. While there is some controversy, there seems to be a link between patients who have periodontal (gum) problems and heart disease. It's not entirely understood at this point but appears related to inflammation. ...Read more

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Is there a good over-the-counter medication/ointment to help maintain/decrease the appearance and symptoms of plaque psoriasis?

Is there a good over-the-counter medication/ointment to help maintain/decrease the appearance and symptoms of plaque psoriasis?

Can try cortaid (hydrocortisone): Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disease, which affects almost 15 million americans, and most have such minimal disease that they may not even know they have it. A few hundred thousand people have terrible disease with thick plaques on their scalp, hands, feet, and body, and even psoriatic arthritis, you can try some otc drugs, products, with urea, coal tar, and cortisone, but they may not work. ...Read more

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What is the most effective treatment for plaque psoriasis?

What is the most effective treatment for plaque psoriasis?

Depends: The answer depends on how extensive your psoraisis is. Topical agents play a role but if your disease is more extensive there are many old and new medications such as stelera, enbrel, Remicade (infliximab) or psorisis. Talk with your dermatologist or a rheumatologist for further answers. ...Read more

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When will the doctor know if the radiation plaque treatment has been successful?

When will the doctor know if the radiation plaque treatment has been successful?

Be more sprecific.: U need to give more details about the radiation plaque before it can be answered. ...Read more

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Chol145, hdl44, ldl86, trigl96, bp120/80;strstest:+ischemia@8mets, ctangio:mixd plaque no stenosis, was given plavix (clopidogrel). What other treatment is needed?

Talk to ur doc: You very young. It will be important to determine why you have early plaques. Any autoimmune, obesity, smoking? Your lipid panel seems okay though the triglycerides are elevated. Fenofibrate may be considered for that or diet modification. ...Read more

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Starting Cicloporine for plaque psoriasis 30% covered. After treatment will my condition come back worse after a few weeks/months? I'm very nervous

Starting Cicloporine for plaque psoriasis 30% covered. After treatment will my condition come back worse after a few weeks/months? I'm very nervous

Communicate with you: Assuming you have a dermatologist, you need detailed communication. Typically you would transition to another treatment for long-term management. No, it will not rebound worse. Cyclosporine may get you off a crisis. But you may need only cream after a few months. Or you could go to methotrexate or Humira (adalimumab) or a number of others. Arthritis???? ...Read more

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Dental Plaque (Definition)

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