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Doctor insights on: Tartar And Plaque On Teeth

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Should i still floss if i already have tartar/plaque on my teeth?

Should i still floss if i already have tartar/plaque on my teeth?

Only if...: Only if you don't want more tarter to form. Tarter is calcified plaque, the sticky bacteria/food debris gunk that likes to collect between teeth where a toothbrush can't reach. If you have tarter removing it is not a diy project...Call your dentist. Get your mouth professionally cleaned, then brush 2 full minutes 2x/day and floss every day. ...Read more

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Tartar (Definition)

It is plaques that has absorbed minerals from the saliva and has become a hardened (calcified) mass. Usually can only be ...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 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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What can I do to remove white plaque on teeth caused by cavities ?

What can I do to remove white plaque on teeth caused by cavities ?

Brush, floss : Plaque can be removed by good brushing and flossing. Leaving plaque on your teeth will cause cavities so keep your teeth clean. Plaque can hardened in calculus than cannot be clean with a toothbrush alone and need a dentist. Plaque can lead to white spot on teeth which are beginning cavities. See a dentist for exam and take care or your teeth. ...Read more

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

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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Can the gum grow back after teeth has been cleaned of plaque and tartar?

Can the gum grow back after teeth has been cleaned of plaque and tartar?

No: I some cases you may even get more gum recession as your gum is getting healthy and inflammation goes down. ...Read more

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Can HIV cause plaque and tartar build up on teeth?

Can HIV cause plaque and tartar build up on teeth?

No: plaque and tartar has long been present before HIV, can it cause gingivitis: may be as part of immunodeficiency as any other immune deficiency disorder ...Read more

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Is plaque/tartar supposed to chip off the back of lower front teeth while flossing? Is that the tooth? B/c the plaque that fell smashed btwn my finger

Is plaque/tartar supposed to chip off the back of lower front teeth while flossing? Is that the tooth? B/c the plaque that fell smashed btwn my finger

Tarter: It is important that you see a dentist. When you have large buildup of tarter you may see pieces break off. This needs robe removedfromypur teeth because it full of bacterial toxins and causes gum disease, bad breath and tooth loss. Sea dentist for an evaluation and teeth cleaning. ...Read more

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More than just prevention, can hydrogen peroxide soften and eventually get rid of plaque and tartar? Is it effective in whitening teeth?

More than just prevention, can hydrogen peroxide soften and eventually get rid of plaque and tartar? Is it effective in whitening teeth?

No: Plaque and tartar that have calcified on your tooth must be removed by a hygienist. It may wear away slightly but won't go away completely. Yes, hydrogen peroxide is effective in whitening your teeth, however make sure you are using a professional product or one over the counter. Don't try and create something yourself, you will most likely damage your gums and or enamel. ...Read more

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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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Dental Plaque (Definition)

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