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Will my teeth fall of due to plaque ?

My teeth are in bad condition. I m 18 , female, and can t afford a dentist . On my front teeth I have a big build up of plaque which has caused gaps in my teeth. 2 of my front, bottom teeth are surrounded by hard white plaque an i m scared that if I try to get rid of then the teeth will fall out as they are a little bit wobbly just now. I think the plaque is the only thing stopping them. I m really quite scared as I have low self confidence as it is. What can I do? Please help. Will my teeth fall out?
Wed, 31 Jul 2013
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Dentist 's  Response
Hello,
I am Dr.Neha Gupta (dentist) and am glad to address to your query here.
Yes, your teeth can fall due to plaque.
Plaque is very harmful to the gingival health. It should be removed by brushing teeth. Calculus is the hard deposits around teeth which can be removed by scaling done by a dentist only. To prevent further problems brush twice daily, floss your teeth once daily, clean your tongue using a tongue cleaner after brushing, change your tooth brush once in 3 months,scaling of teeth should be done once in 6 months, consult your dentist once in 6 months.
Take care and please keep me informed of your progress at healthcaremagic through my profile directly.
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement Dr. Saurabh Gupta's  Response
Hello,
Thanks for posting your query,
The sticky film of bacteria that can be found on your teeth near the gum line is called plaque. This plaque can cause swelling or inflammation of the gums, otherwise known as gingivitis. If the plaque is not disrupted or removed properly by brushing, then this sticky film containing bacteria hardens and becomes tartar or calculus. If calculus is not cleaned by your dentist, this bacteria produces harmful substances that can start to damage the bone that supports the teeth, causing periodontal disease. The best way to prevent gingivitis and more serious forms of periodontal disease is to brush twice a day, to floss once a day, and to visit your dentist regularly for cleanings
inflamed tissue pulls away from the tooth, bone is compromised and exposed, and the tooth can no longer stay anchored in the mouth.
I hope this information has been both informative and helpful
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Dentist Dr. Gunjan Gupta's  Response
Hello there,

Thanks for the query.

Plaque,if not removed,will get mineralized and become calculus.

Calculus is more difficult to remove as compare to plaque.

Bacteria, harbour inside the plaque, will irritate the gums and results in to gum diseases known as gingivitis.
Gingivitis,if left untreated, will progress to periodontal tissues and results in to periodontal diseases,which will cause destruction of tooth supporting structures,which will lead to mobility of teeth.

Therefore i would suggest you visit a dentist in your area at the earliest and get the thorough scaling done.

You can follow few things-
1.Maintain good oral hygiene.
2.Brush your teeth twice daily.
3.Rinse your mouth after each meal.
4.Biannual dental check-ups.

Hope this answered your query.

Take care.

Dr. Gunjan Gupta
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement Dr. Saurabh Gupta's  Response
Hello,
Thanks for posting your query,
Plaque and tartar must be removed from your teeth promptly or they can cause serious problems. Plaque is a sticky, clear film full of bacteria that builds up on teeth. Bacteria produces acid that destroys a tooth's protective coating, called enamel. Over time, failing to remove plaque can lead to tooth decay and cavities, and can lead to more serious health problems.
Plaque that's allowed to remain on teeth can harden into a destructive substance called tartar that forms along the gum line. You can't remove tartar by brushing; it must be cleaned by your dentist or dental hygienist. The bacteria in plaque and tartar can promote inflammation of the gums, known as gingivitis. This mild form of gum disease can deteriorate into a more serious condition called periodontitis. Untreated periodontitis can result in bone loss and lost teeth.
I hope this information has been both informative and helpful
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Dentist, Periodontics Dr. Palvi 's  Response
hi...
thanks for the query...
well... just want to explain you a simple fact...
tour teeth are surrounded by your gums and under your gums is your bone that is supporting your teeth... continuous deposition of plaque and calculus (which contains micro organisms) causes gum inflammation and bone loss... continuous bone loss will affect the support of teeth and causes mobility... which further result in tooth loss... and you are only 18... too young for that...
so GO FOR SCALING AND ROOT PLANING... and maintain proper oral hygiene after that by brushing twice daily after meals...
take care...


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Dentist Dr. Qazi Ammara's  Response
Hi,

Thanks for asking the query,

Plague is accumulation of food debris , bacteria which is yelow greyish and adheres tenaciously to intraoral hard surfaces including tooth and restorations .
it get calcified by the saliva to develop hard deposits called as calculus.

Both plague and calculus can lead to dental caries, gingivitis , periodontitis .If it is deposited subgingivaly it lead to pocket formation , abscess and loosening of teeth.

It is removed by the procedure of scaling and root planing. You should go to the dentist and get complete oral prophylaxis done.

Brush your teeth twice daily .
Use 0.2% of chlorhexidine mouthwash solution twice daily .
Develop a habit of using dental floss and interdental cleaners .

Regards.
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Dentist Dr. Khushboo Bhatia's  Response
If you donot have money then there are chances that you can find free dental work and for this you have to really search for on internet. Call dental offices in area and some of them do charity dental work. You can look for free dental clinics organised by dental groups and these can be found on ada.org. Another place is to go to dental school near your home where sometimes the treatment is free or very cheap as the budding dentists need patients for hands on training but all the treatment is carried out under supervision of qualified dentists only.
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Dentist Dr. Bindiya Bhaskar's  Response
Hello and welcome to hcm forum,
The gap in between your teeth has accumulated with plaque and hard calculus deposits .
This is due to poor oral hygiene maintenance.
This can lead into gingivitis and progress into periodontal infection.
Please do visit your dentist as soon as possible and get deep scaling done.
Usually teeth will be loose in its socket after scaling has undergone.
Teeth will be intact after 1-2 weeks once the gums shrinks .
use chlohexidine mouthrinse to gargle.
Brush your teeth using soft interdental toothbrush in back-forth and up-down direction.
Rinse your mouth after every meals.
Take care.
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Dentist Dr. Neha Sumra's  Response
Hi
Welcome to HCM

I would like to tell you that plaque removal is very essential because if not removed it may lead to mineralization leading to formation of calculus which is difficult to remove & can progress leading periodontitis.

I would like to mention few things that will help you to maintain your teeth:-
1. Brush your teeth regularly in proper method.
2. Remove any irritants if any which causes gingivitis.
3. Remove plaque mechanically using chlorhexidine mouthwashes, listerine or triclosan.
4. Use soft bristle toothbrush and dental floss.
5. Brush your teeth in back-forth and up-down motion.
6. Visit your dentist and get your teeth cleaned professionally to remove the subgingival plaque in every 6 months.

Take Care
Regards
Dr.Neha
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Dentist Dr. Prachi Mishra's  Response
thanks for the query
darling this is really a bad condition of your teeth and the one and only person who can help you is a dentist. but since you can not afford a dentist you can search for dental health camps an \or dental schools .there students give you any dental treatment that is almost free or very low prices. my dear you plaque and calculus will take away your teeth and i am worried at ayounger age. so don't waste time just go and find for these camps and colleges they are eager to help you. get your scaling done, learn proper brushing techniques, and try to maintain good oral hygiene.
further queries are also invited
take care
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Dentist Dr. Souranjita Chattopadhyaya's  Response
Hello,

Thanks for writing at HCM,

Now you are 18 years old,so you have to take care of your teeth...

The deposition sourrounding your teeth is called calculus..and its not possible to remove by brushing...

If it will persist,can lead to inflammation in gum and recession of gum....

That inflammation will gradually destroy your periodontal fibres that hold your teeth with the bone....so your teeth will be loosened...

Both supra and subgingival scaling is required for you..

Visit any dental college or any dental camp nearby..they can do in free of cost..

Brush twice daily...use chlohexidine mouthwash...

Take care...

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  User's Response
hi.
madam, as per of your dental conditions, it seems that you are having severe pyrrohea (periodontitis). the accumulated plaque and Calculus deposited on your teeth might be serving to bind your teeth together, and preventing them from further falling.

Now as per of your given history, it seems that they will fall off if you went for dental scaling (Cleaning), but thing is that even if you don't get it removed, ultimately teeth will fall within a year or so, as Pyrrohea is a slowly advancing irreversible damaging diseases unless treated.

Regarding affordability, you can opt for Removable Partial Denture (RPD) which are substantially cheaper, in case your front teeth fall off.

My sincere advise is to ATLEAST SEEK A DENTAL OPINION< AS THE CONDITION WILL WORSEN DAY BY DAY. At least you can get solutions to prevent your rest of the teeth from falling off. Also, there is no other SHORTCUT MAGICAL AYURVEDIC TREATMENT to stop all this.
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Dentist Dr. Anshumala Singh's  Response
Dear friend.

Thanks for sharing your concern.

As per your present dental conditions, it seems that you are having severe pyorrhoea (periodontitis).

The accumulated plaque and Calculus deposited on your teeth might be serving to bind your teeth together, and preventing them from falling,but this is not the solution for that.it requires a dentist`s visit by you.

Call dental offices in area and some of them do charity dental work.

You can look for free dental camps organized by dentist .

Another place is dental school near your home where sometimes the treatment is free or very cheap, as the budding dentists need patients.

FOR hands on patient,as a part of training, but all the treatment is carried out under supervision of qualified dentists only.

hope it helps.
thanks.
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Dentist Dr. Shefali Gupta's  Response
Hi,
Thanks for asking query,
Yes plaque if not treated get converted into calculus and it will harm your toothand they may also fall down.You should go to the dentist get the scaling done regularly visit him as prescribed, maintain good oral hygiene, brush twice daily ,gargale after every meal, use the antiseptic mouthwash.
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Dentist Dr. Farah Hussain's  Response

Hello there ,

Thanks for writing your query,

Dental plaque is very injurious to the periodontal health which includes health of gums , teeth and the attachment apparatus.

Plaque is the bacterial colonization , whitish sticky deposition seen on the surfaces of the teeth.

It is caused due poor oral hygiene ,improper brushing and flossing that leads to accumulation of bacterial plaque and calculus deep in the gum pockets and root surfaces of the teeth.

It leads to condition called gingivitis which may progress to periodontitis.

Gingivitis presents with symptoms of redness , bleeding gums , swelling , pain ,recession and sensitivity of teeth.

if not treated in time , it may lead to loss of attachment of the teeth and finally EXFOLIATION OF THE TEETH.

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 would suggest you to go for symptomatic treatment at home like gargling with lukewarm saline water or antiseptic mouthwash like chlorhexidine or betadine.


i hope this helps ,

take care.
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Dentist Dr. Yogesh Tripathi's  Response
hello
if u cant afford a dentist then thats a real probles because u nees a good scaling ang curettage....well now on your own the best u can do is
1. go for luke warm saline rinses for atleast 6-8 times a day....this will slowly dissolve the calculus and strengthen your gums
2.add some termeric powder to a gum astingent and apply after every rinse...that would bring some blood supply to your gums and further strengthen your gums
hope this helps
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Dentist Dr. Benley George's  Response
Hi,
You have to visit a dentist and get scaling of your teeth done to get the calculus removed. calculus build up will lead to bone loss around your teeth and eventually tooth loss. Has the gap between your teeth developed recently or was it there since long? Government dental colleges offer dental treatments at an affordable rates.
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General & Family Physician Dr. Ramesh M.Vachharajani's  Response
Hi,
There is no option for you without consulting dental surgeon as in your case scaling of the teeth are only the solution to save your teeth.
At present if you do not go to dentist,in future you will have to spend more money for complications like carious teeth,pyorrhea infection and loosening the teeth.
Proper brushing advice and dental care and hygiene are of no use at this juncture.
ok and bye.
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