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Can tartar cause pain in my gums?

Can tartar cause pain in my 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

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Gums (Definition)

Gum are the pink soft tissue that forms a collar around our teeth, that collar acts as a gasket of sorts that protects the tooth roots and the bone that ...Read more


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How do I remove the hard tartar buildup on my gums?

How do I remove the hard tartar buildup on my gums?

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

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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?

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?

Gingivitis: 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

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Went to dentist for general 6 monthly cleaning. Dr didn't clean along gumline. She cleaned only where she saw tartar. Must cleaning be done under gum?

Ask your Dentist: All tarter above and below gum line should be removed. Roots of teeth should be glass smooth and gum tissues inflammation free. If you are unsure as to the efficacy of the treatment you received discuss your concerns with your Dentist, of seek a second opinion. ...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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Gum problems: gum bleeding but no tartar nor any swelling. Also no bleeding while brushing. What is going on?

Gum problems: gum bleeding but no tartar nor any swelling. Also no bleeding while brushing. What is going on?

See a dentist: If you experience bleeding gums, it may be a sign that you are at risk for or already have gum disease. Gingivitis is a serious problem, which should be diagnosed professionally by a dentist. Do not delay, call a dentist ASAP. ...Read more

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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.

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

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Why is an electric toothbrush important if you want to reduce tartar and gum disease?

Why is an electric toothbrush important if you want to reduce tartar and gum disease?

It's not: You can have healthy gums without using an electric toothbrush. An electric toothbrush is only a tool to aid in having healthy gums without all the physical labor of manual brushing. ...Read more

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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?

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?

No, however: Healthy gums do not bleed when flossed. It is possible the bleeding was due to traumatic flossing techniques, but bleeding gums are also an indication of gum disease. If your gums routinely bleed when flossing you should see a dentist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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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?

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

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What to do if the gums are went down due to tartar and feeling a little sensitivity at the bottom visible part of teeth if touched by tongue.?

Periodontist: This is a sign of periodontal disease your gums are receding. Depending upon the amount of recession you might need surgery to cover these areas. It is best to see you dentist to see if you need to see a periodontist. ...Read more

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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

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

It is impossible: And it cannot damage the tooth structure or hurt the tooth enamel. Dental cleanings are essential not just for clean teeth, but a healthy mind and body as well. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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.

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.

Poor hygiene: As a young person you have poor oral hygiene -that's why your gums bleed and tartar is present. See a dentist for a check up and have your teeth cleaned and learn good oral hygiene instructions. If not you will develop periodontal disease. ...Read more

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How can you avoid tartar build-up?

How can you avoid tartar build-up?

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

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Is it possible to reverse tartar build up other than scraping?

Is it possible to reverse tartar build up other than scraping?

No: Tartar is calcified plaque. You can remove the plaque before it becomes tartar by brushing and flossing, but once it hardens it must be removed with a sharp instrument. ...Read more

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How to get tartar off?

How to get tartar off?

See your dentist: The most effective (and safest) way to remove tartar is by having a dental cleaning (prophylaxis). ...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