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Chalky stuff on teeth above gums, black dot on molars, no pain. Do not brush regularly. What is the cause?

As much as I hate to admit it, I never brush my teeth; lie once in a blue moon do I actually do it, and now I think I m paying the price. I have this white chalky stuff on my two bottom middle teeth just above my gums and it never comes off. I fear that those teeth may be rotting. And I just today noticed a black dot on one of my molars. There is no sensitivity or pain to it at all, but it didn t brush away. Could you please help me with my problem?
Asked On : Fri, 27 Jul 2012
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Dentist 's  Response
hello and welcome to HCM forum,
i would like to inform you that maintaining your oral hygiene is very important, if you were not serious about it till now then start brushing your teeth regularly, white and black spots over your teeth are an indication that caries has initiated and if you do not take proper care of your oral hygiene then the caries will spread further,
initially there is no pain or sensitivity but gradually caries spreads and you will face problem, so kindly start using flouridated tooth paste and a soft bristle tooth brush, brush your teeth twice daily.
i wish you good health,
take care.
Answered: Fri, 27 Jul 2012
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Dentist Dr. Neha Sumra's  Response
Welcome to HCM
I would to tell you that like other organs of our body oral cavity is very important part & need proper hygiene maintenance. Its mandatory to brush your teeth twice a day,otherwise you will lots of problems in future like you already described you have started developing calculus on your teeth i.e. chalky substance.If not cleaned then it would progress towards gingiva & cause bleeding & painful gums.It will also result in caries, that might have already started in your molar.Conditions that cause caries are:-
-taking excessive sticky sugar
-having poor oral hygiene
You go to your dentist for proper diagnosis & start with oral prophylaxis.
To prevent these problems avoid taking sticky sugar n decrease its frequency.After eating anything rinse your mouth.Start developing a habit of brushing twice a day along with using mouthwash.

Take Care
Answered: Wed, 17 Oct 2012
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Dentist Dr. Udaykumar Bondre's  Response
Hello & welcome,

If you are noticing hard chalky substance on teeth surface above the gums & that it never comes off, then definitely that is calculus formed on teeth.

Calculus formation occurs most commonly on the lower anterior teeth as those are directly in contact with saliva.

When plaque & food debris accumulates on teeth surface which if not cleaned for prolonged period, leads to precipitation of calcium from saliva over this plaque or food debris.

As calcium deposition goes on, the surface of the debris becomes hard & finally it gets chalky look.

It is so hard, that you cant remove it even with forceful brushing.
Visit your dentist as soon as possible & get your teeth cleaned (scaling) thoroughly. You may require two or three sittings of the scaling if dentist thinks single sitting may not suffice.

Black dot on molar is just the start of decay in same tooth. Dentist will fill with any proper restorative material.

Use soft tooth brush after you undergo scaling & polishing by your dentist.

Hard & forceful Brushing is to be avoided .

Brush your teeth by holding your brush horizontally with bristles resting on teeth. Back & forth movement is then done followed by up & down movement with just a little pressure.

You can use mouthwash for shorter period so as to avoid staining your teeth & oral mucosa.

Take care
Answered: Thu, 18 Oct 2012
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Dentist Dr. Bindiya Bhaskar's  Response
hello and welcome,
first of all i want to tell you that brush your teeth regularly twice daily.
rinse your mouth after every meals .orelse there can be plaque and food debris accumulation.
as your brushing habit is poor,there is more chance of calculus ,plaque and stains deposition.
there may be gum infections too.this is known as gingivitis.
visit your dentist and get a thorough check-up.
get your teeth cleaned by your dentist.
the black may be either stain or dental caries-initial stage.
decay has to be restored as it can progress.
use soft interdental brush and dental floss and brush from top to bottom of teeth involving all angles of teeth.
warm saline gargle and chlorhexidine mouthrinses can also be used to remove plaque accumulation.
Answered: Thu, 18 Oct 2012
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Dentist Dr. Gunjan Gupta's  Response
Thanks for writing your query.
As you provided the detail,i would like to tell you that you should start brushing your teeth.
As you said that you have white chalky stuff on your lower front teeth,it shows that you have a very poor oral hygiene.
If you will continue the same it will destroy your teeth and surrounding supporting structures and in severe case it is quite possible that you can loose your teeth.
So start brushing your teeth twice daily,use floss after brushing and please visit to a dentist in your area as soon as possible and get the scaling done.
And for decayed tooth,that black spot may be the starting of caries,should be filled.
Take Care.
Dr.Gunjan Gupta
Answered: Thu, 18 Oct 2012
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