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Tartar Build Up Under Gums
Possibly: Normally the presence of tartar is not painful, but sometimes the tartar can be sharp and irritate your gums to point where they become infected. Painful gums can also be caused by food lodging in between the tooth and gum. Popcorn husks are notorious for that. This should resolve on it's own within a few days. If not or it gets worse then I would see your dentist, you may need a cleaning. ...Read more
See your dentist: Tarter is a calcified substance that is often tightly adhered to the outer surface of a tooth. In most cases, once it has adhered, it would be very difficult for an individual to remove it. It can readily be removed by a dental professional. I would highly recommend that you see your dentist before trying to remove the tarter yourself. ...Read more
I've had a gum inflammation for 5 months and I had tartar removed 5 months ago and it doesn't look better. What should I do?
You need more than just a single cleaning to treat inflamed gums. Have you seen the dentist since your initial cleaning? Have you followed the dentist's recommendations? Has all your recommended dental treatment been completed? Do you brush and floss twice a day? Do you smoke? Are you pregnant?
If you answered yes then see a periodontist for an evaluation of your bleeding gums. ...Read more
Gum problems: gum bleeding but no tartar nor any swelling. Also no bleeding while brushing. What is going on?
After cleaning my teeth due to tartar I have a slight detached gum and gap between teeth. Is it normal or I need to worry.
It is normal: During deep cleaning, instruments are used to remove plaque and to eliminate the source of infection. As a result, discomfort and swelling are usually experienced few days after the procedure. It is important to continue to brush the margin of your gums twice a day with a soft toothbrush and floss. The gums will have a chance to recover back to normal. ...Read more
While flossing, a piece of tartar/plaque came off. I flossed so hard to get rid of it my gums bleed. Did I just increase my risk of a heartattack?
I suppose that since I cannot floss now for 1 wk. Between the adjacent teeth of the tooth that was gum grafted that tartar will harden itself there?
Instructions: Always best to ask your own dentist these types of questions. Having said that, this is not a problem or a big deal as your dentist can remove any hard deposits on subsequent follow up visits as he/she monitors your healing. ...Read more
Can a dentist shave off your teeth too much during a dental cleaning? What about when she scrapes off the tartar? My gums hole is bigger than last tim
Dentist examined mouth said FBC wasn't needed for my recurrent bleeding gums due to tartar. Do I still get it anyway since my GP didn't know the cause?
Full Blood Count: Many people have a FBC performed when they have a routine health examination. F a person is healthy and has results that are within normal limits, then he or she may not require another CBC until their doctor feels that it is necessary. For gum disease the FBC is not needed. ...Read more
Went to see dentis - random recurrent bleeding gums due to tartar. Had xray of teeth -fine and need hygienist. Do I still need FBC from GP?
Not necessary: There is no need for FBC before or after any scaling and root planing (deep teeth cleaning) or Dental prophylaxis (teeth cleaning). Most of the time the bleeding is not difficult to control even in patients who are taking anticoagulation and antiplatelet medications. Take care. ...Read more
I just had 2 dental implants and have chlorhexidine gluconate 0.12% oral rinse. Prevent more tartar buildup vs. OTC mouth wash while gums heal?
Follow instructions: You trusted the Dentist to do surgery (implant placement) but not to follow his/her post procedure instructions. Why? Chlorhexidine will reduce chance of surgical sites becoming infected. OTC mouthwashes for the most part just enrich the manufacturer and can actually interfere with healing. ...Read more
I wouldn't say my gum is swollen, but there's suddenly tartar built up around my teeth and bleeds when I brush, hurt when eating. Sore throat as well.
Brushing & flossing: Best way to avoid tarter build-up is to have your teeth professionally cleaned and follow the dentist's tooth brush and flossing instructions. Tarter starts to build up in areas you miss when you are brushing and flossing. You can avoid it by making sure you brush and floss all the surfaces of each tooth. A dentist can help you determine what areas you are missing. ...Read more
If a person doesn't floss on a regular basis but you use a power toothbrush every day does the tartar still build up?
Calculus: Calculus is a buildup of hardened bacterial colonies that need to be manually scraped and scaled off of the tooth surface. This is accomplished by your dentist and/or hygienist. Use a tartar control toothpaste to keep your teeth clean between regularly scheduled dental cleaning visits. So to answer your question, unfortunately no. ...Read more
Removed by your DDS: Tarter may not be removable by you. The formation of tarter begins when the bacteria settles on your teeth. This process organizes into plaque over a 24hr period. You can remove the plaque with a toothbrush. When not removed it mineralizes into a harder material called calculus "tarter". Your dds needs special instruments "scalers" to remove the calculus. Brushing and flossing prevents calculus. ...Read more
Tarter removal: An ultrasonic cleaning instrument can be used at the dental office by their hygienist to remove the bulk amount of tarter. Hand scaling with instruments will be used to removed the remaining tarter. A final polish is then done to the teeth. I would also recommend that fluoride treatments be applied in many situations, both children and adults for certain dietary concerns. ...Read more
Oral care: To have straight teeth that have no bone support is a waste of time and money. Ask your orthodontist for specific hygiene instructions while braces are on. Keep mouth healthy an scrupulously clean. See general dentist at least 4x/year for cleanings while braces are on, even if insurance doesn't cover the work. ...Read more
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 more