Calculus

Calculus, otherwise called tartar, is the hard yellowish deposit on the teeth near the gums. You cannot brush it away as they are mineralized and hard deposits. Dental scaling will help remove this deposit and prevent gum diseases.

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Why does my son have bad breath even after brushing and rinsing his mouth?

Query: Hi doctor, My son has had bad breath from his mouth for the past years. Even after brushing twice a day and rinsing his mouth after eating, his symptoms do not seem to improve. Because of this, he loses confidence while talking to others. He does not feel comfortable visiting a doctor for this. Ple...  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I suggest you convince him to visit a dentist to get looked up. He may have calculus and plaque along with some decayed teeth, which may be causing it. I suggest he use warm salt water rinses twice daily or Betadine rinse till then.  Read Full »

My X-ray report shows a spot near the gallbladder. Please help me interpret it.

Query: Hi doctor, I had an X-ray at a chiropractor clinic that showed a spot near the gallbladder. I am finding it hard to interpret the X-ray results. I took Pepto capsules one hour before the X-ray. I also take tablet Livalo, tablet Olemsartan, and tablet Prilosec daily. Can you help me understand the X...  Read Full »


Dr. Mounica Kavikondala

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the X-rays you sent (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). The gall bladder fossa is not visible. Please send me the whole chest X-ray again. In the images you have sent, everything looks normal. The right Acromioclavicular joint, shoulde...  Read Full »

What does green discoloration of upper front tooth indicate?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a crack that runs from my two front top teeth and it has a green color and is noticeable when I smile. It is near the gum line but causes no pain. Do I need a dentist checkup?  Read Full »


Dr. Sourendra Nath Basu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, you need to visit your dentist as early as possible. Those green lines are basically a form of "calcified plaque or calculus" in medical term and the reason behind their green color can be chromogenic bacteria. These plaques are needed to be removed at the earl...  Read Full »

What is the cause for bleeding, swelling, and pain in the gums?

Query: Hi doctor, I have bleeding, swelling, and pain in the gums. Please suggest tablets for getting relief.  Read Full »


Dr. Divya Banu M

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Bleeding gums are due to inflamed (simply, swollen) gums. The most probable cause is calculus (hard deposits) and plaque (soft deposits) irritating the gums. The treatment is to get a professional cleaning (scaling) done by a dentist. You can do lukewarm salt water garg...  Read Full »

I have pain in the left molar region and bleeding gums. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have extreme pain in my left molar region, and I also have swollen gums that bleed while brushing. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I had gone through your question. I can understand your concern about your bleeding gums and gingivitis. You need to keep brushing your teeth even though it bleeds. And you also need to get your teeth cleaned (oral prophylaxis). Probable causes: Plaque. Calculus....  Read Full »

Why am I having bleeding gums constantly for two years?

Query: Hello doctor, I have constant bleeding gums for the past two years. My dentist seems unable to help, as he advises me to continue brushing my teeth and the problem will come to an end. This problem seems to be creating new health problems for me. I really need help and I do not know who to turn to.  Read Full »


Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The cause for your bleeding gums can be local like calculus, for that you need to get a dental scaling done (oral prophylaxis). Brush your teeth twice daily using an ultrasoft toothbrush. You also need to get your blood pressure checked twice daily for three days. Most ...  Read Full »

How can dental plaque and sore gums be treated?

Query: Hello doctor, My gums are feeling sore. I have a phobia of dentists, and I have a very bad plaque on the bottom of my back teeth. Previously I have had fillings on the back of my teeth. Now I can feel a part is about to fall, and I am scared that I may lose my teeth. Please help.   Read Full »


Dr. Purva Jingar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You do not need to be worried or scared about seeing dentists. Like any other doctor, they treat people for their good health and good lifestyle. Your teeth are really in bad condition. This is not a plaque; it is calculus. It is a hard deposit of plaque and food...  Read Full »

My gums are swollen, and I have a cavity. How can I treat it without going to the dentist?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 15 years old, and I have noticed an orange substance building up on some of my teeth. My gums are swollen. There is a cavity in my canine tooth, and I wondered if there was any way I could fix it without going to a dentist because my family is very poor. So, would you recommend a...  Read Full »


Dr. Nivedita Dalmia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Debris is getting deposited onto the tooth surface. The gums are inflamed due to the debris. Brush your tooth twice daily. Rinse your mouth after every meal. I suggest you get your teeth cleaned by a dental hygienist. The cavity on the tooth surface is a cervical abr...  Read Full »

Do I have gingivitis or more advanced gum disease?

Query: Hello doctor,I am wondering if I have gingivitis or more advanced gum disease? My gums are red, a little more so than you can tell in the picture, inflamed, and somewhat sensitive. I have been brushing and flossing twice or three times a day. Is it possible for me to reverse these symptoms at home? ...  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Gingivitis is easily reversible, but at least a dentist's cleaning of teeth and gums has to be performed every six months or a year. This helps in removing calculus and plaque buildup. It will not go away just by brushing or flossing. Use warm salt water gargle, ...  Read Full »

How to easily overcome bad breath?

Query: Hello doctor, How do I stay free from bad breath?  Read Full »


Dr. Subha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Causes for halitosis (bad breath) are: Calculus (tartar) deposits on the teeth due to poor oral hygiene. Periodontitis - gum problem. Food impaction inside the decayed teeth. Debris on the tongue. Systemic causes such as gastritis. Temporary cause like intake of...  Read Full »

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