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What is dental plaques & How are they removed ?

I saw a dentist yesterday and the doctor said that i have dental plaques and it has to be reomoved other wise i will get severe infection of the gums and teeth, Is it true. What are theses Dental plaques. How are they removed.
Thu, 9 May 2013
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Dentist 's  Response
hello there ,

Dental plaque is the soft deposits formed by bacterial colonization in the oral cavity due to poor oral hygiene habits like improper brushing and flossing habits.

Accumulation of bacterial plaque deep in the gum pockets and root surfaces of teeth leads to gingival inflammation know as gingivitis.

Gingivitis presents with symptoms of redness , bleeding gums , swelling , pain ,recession and sensitivity and even mobility of teeth and exfoliation if not treated in time.

It needs to be treated by thorough professional deep scaling of gums and root planing of the teeth to remove all the irritants ,this will help in resolving the symptoms followed by a course of antibiotic and analgesics.

i hope this helps ,

take care.
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Dentist Dr. Anshumala Singh's  Response
hello freiend,
thanks for query,
Plaque is a kind of sticky bit irritatind and dirty looking film
build-up on the teeth.
If it remains longer, it can cuse accumulation of infective organisms,
Like bacteria , fungi etc.
It can cause infection of gums and hence must be removed.

please meet a dentist as soon as possible.
Thank you
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Dentist Dr. Neha Gupta's  Response
I am Dr.Neha Gupta (dentist) and am glad to address to your query here.

Plaque is a sticky film of build-up on your teeth. This film forms within minutes of brushing your teeth. The first layer is a protein layer, then bacteria, food debris and dead skin cells attach to it. Plaque is teaming with bacteria. The longer any piece of plaque remains on the teeth the more mature it becomes. The bacteria in plaque causes Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease. Therefore plaque must be removed daily. If it is left long enough the plaque will harden or calcify. This will happen in areas that you have not touched or properly cleansed.
scaling and root planing are the treatment of choice

Take care and please keep me informed of your progress at healthcaremagic through my profile directly.

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Dentist Dr. Latif's  Response
plaque is the accumulation of food debris plus bacteria . there is a complex process of plaque accumulation in the inter dental and gingival margins. the plaque removal process is known as scaling. yes this is true that this plaque can lead you to severe periodontal disorders, so this can be cleared with scaling and root planning. regards
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Dentist Dr. Neha Sumra's  Response
Welcome to HCM
Plaque is a biofilm composed of microbial structure.It forms on teeth if infective organisms remain for longer time.
If not treated at early stage then gets calcified & leads to calculus formation.
It may lead to bleeding gums, foul odor & sensitivity of teeth.
If removed by oral prophylaxis then may lead to receding gums.
Its better to go for oral prophylaxis every 6 months.

Take Care
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Dentist Dr. Shefali Gupta's  Response
Thanks for asking query ,
Dental plaque is a biofilm, usually a pale yellow, that develops naturally on the teeth. Like any biofilm, dental plaque is formed by colonizing bacteria trying to attach themselves to the tooth's smooth surface. If they allowed to remain for the long time on the tooth surface it get converted into dental calculus.
It can be clinically diagnosed with help of discoloring agent .
Side effects of dental plaque are- gingival inflammation, gum swelling , halitosis , periodontal inflammation, gingival recession , bone loss.
I suggest you to visit dentist get scaling done , maintain oral hygiene , prevent food retention, use antiseptic mouth wash , brush twice daily , do flossing properly twice.
hope this will help you.
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Dentist Dr. Gaurav Pratap Singh's  Response
plaq is deposite of food and bacteria around tooth.plaq deposites because covalent bond between saliva(-ve charged ions) and masticated food particles (+ve charged ions).plaq causes bleeding gums,(gingivitis)after some time in plaque become hard by calcium deposition and form calculus.

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Dentist Dr. Qazi Ammara's  Response
hi, thanks for asking query,
plague is accumulation of food debris bacteria which is yellow greyish and adheres tenaciously to intraoral hard substances , including teeth and restorations .
if plague is not removed it gets calcified by minerals of saliva into hard substance known as calculus
both plague and calculus laeds to gingival inflamation if it gets accumulated subgingivally it leads to pockets, periodantal diseases.
they are removed by the procedure called scaling
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Dentist Dr. Amol Gite's  Response
Plaque is a soft, sticky mixture of bacteria, waste products from bacteria, and some food debris. It irritates the gums, or gingiva, and causes inflammation over time: gingivitis. The longer plaque is left on the teeth, the harder it gets. After 24 hours, some plaque hardens into calculus, otherwise known as tartar. Calculus is mineralized plaque and does not come off with the brush and floss anymore. The bacteria in plaque and calculus cause an ongoing state of inflammation called gingivitis. If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to a more serious disease called periodontitis. The most common treatment for periodontitis is scaling and root planing.Periodontal scaling procedures "include the removal of plaque, calculus and stain from the crown and root surfaces of teeth. Root planing is a specialized skill involving scaling of the root of the tooth, made up of cementum. Because cementum is softer than enamel, it is affected more by ongoing build-up and inflammatory byproducts. A smooth cementum provides less opportunity for bacteria to hang out and form calculus, so root planing is an important part of stopping periodontal disease where it is at, and preventing periodontal disease from getting worse, specially once deeper pockets have formed in the gums, which is really in the bone. So, root planing is a specific treatment that removes the roughened cementum and surface dentin that is impregnated with calculus, microorganisms and their toxins.
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Dentist Dr. Ankit Aggarwal's  Response
hi parimal
in simple terms, plaque is just collection of bacteria along with food debris. if dont removed , it leads to formation of calculus and also leads to gingivitis and periodontitis , bleeding from gums , loosening of teeth, sensitivity problems after denuding of roots etc. so its better to get scaling done of your teeth at the earliest.

with regards
Dr Ankit
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement Dr. Saurabh Gupta's  Response
Thanks for posting your query,
There is a matter we all have in common, a matter which requires attention: It's called plaque. It forms in your mouth, every day, 24 hours a day. Left unattended, plaque can lead to a number of oral problems-so it's important to know about plaque and how to remove it properly. The more you know about plaque, the better you'll be able to take some of the proper steps to prevent problems and maintain good oral hygiene.
It's a soft, sticky bacterial coating that is constantly forming on your teeth-every day.
rinse-brush-floss regimen to effectively remove plaque and prevent damage caused by plaque and prevent damage caused by plaque. It's a great way to maintain a healthy-feeling mouth and a lifetime of proper oral hygiene.
I hope this information has been both informative and helpful
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Dentist Dr. Gunjan Gupta's  Response
hello parimal,
your dentist is right and you should follow his instruction ...............
if you will not go for the removal of plaque,it will get accumulate layer by layer and will convert in to hard deposites/ calculs.......
and this calculus will cause gingival inflammation called gingivitis.......
gingivitis if left untreated results in red swollen bleeding gums........
it will lead to the destruction of supporting structure called periodontitis..........
like this this plaque will damage your oral structures...........
so i will suggest you please go to your dentist and follow his instructions properly.............
and maintain oral hygiene......
take care
Dr.Gunjan Gupta
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Dentist Dr. Gaurav Pratap Singh's  Response
yes ,plaque causes gingivitis,periodontitis,gum diseas and because of that your teeth become mobile,pain ful, bleeding gums,bad breath so consult will remove by scaling.
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Dentist Dr. Benley George's  Response
Hi, Dental plaque is a film of microorganisms and food deposits. This layer is very harmful to the gingiva. It should be removed by scaling where plaque and calculus around the teeth and gingiva are removed and thus maintaining a healthy oral cavity. Scaling of teeth should be done once in 6 months and flossing of teeth should be done once daily to remove plaque in between teeth.
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Dentist Dr. E. Bharathikannan's  Response
plaque are the deposits made up of food particles along with micro organism. you should go for a scaling and polishing. otherwise it will become calculus and strongly adhere to the teeth causing infection to your gums and bone making your teeth mobile after a longtime. take care . happy smile.
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Dr. Nagesh K G's  Response
First of all plaque is never visible unless you apply a stain to see it.Its a very thin film of coating which appears on the tooth surface & gums.This acts as a meshwork(like a spiders web) and accumulates to form into calculus which is very harmful to your gums and underlying bone support.Once formed,no matter how many times you brush,plaque will never go unless treated by a professional. Scaling and polishing is the answer and later followed & maintained by proper brushing & mouth washes and regular visits to a dentist.
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rachna's  Response
these are yellow colored plaques even i had, but use of rexidin solution cleansed the plaques. you can also try.
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debashish's  Response
oh then even i have plaques but how to remove it??is there any special brush to remove??
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