Dental Plaque

Dental plaque is the soft and sticky film that form over the teeth every day. It results from living microorganisms, which are surrounded by a gluey layer. If this layer is not cleaned every day by brushing and flossing, then the minerals from the saliva solidify this layer and form tartar.

Recently Answered Questions Recently Answered Questions

All the answers published in this website are written by verified medical doctors, therapists and health experts. The Content has been moderated by iCliniq medical review team before publication. Post your medical clarifications on iCliniq by choosing the right specialty and get them answered. Your medical queries will be answered 24/7 by top doctors from iCliniq.

I suffer from bad breath and the presence of a sticky film on my gums. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, Do I have healthy gums? I suffer from bad breath and the presence of a sticky film on my gums. Kindly help. Thank you.  Read Full »


Dr. Nupur Prashant Shah

Answer: Hello, Welcome to iclinq.com. I have gone through your query, and the attached photograph (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity) and can understand your concern regarding dental health. Your gums are not healthy enough as they are having inflammation and redness. Because of the prese...  Read Full »

I have had bad breath for five years and, I currently have a plaque on my teeth. How to overcome it?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 37-year-old male. I have had bad breath and when I talk people around me itch their noses. My problem started five years back and I was expecting it to stop someday, but it has not stopped yet. There is some plaque on my teeth. Now I prefer not to talk with my friends. When I ta...  Read Full »


Dr. Achanta Krishna Swaroop

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query. Do not worry. I have experience in handling halitosis (bad breath) cases. I can give you suitable remedies as well as therapy to get rid of your chronic bad breath issue. See the thing is that there may be a local or an underlying factor re...  Read Full »

I have been using fluoride-free toothpaste with tapioca starch and have a heavy plaque buildup. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have used fluoride-free toothpaste with tapioca starch and mint oil as the main ingredients. I have had no cavities for three years. However, I do get heavy plaque buildup. Is it fine to use toothpaste with tapioca starch as its main ingredient? The tapioca starch is non-abrasive to...  Read Full »


Dr. Soheel Hussain Zargar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. As far as tapioca is concerned, it is used in toothpaste for various reasons, like thickeners, and it also cleanses the mouth from bacteria. It is a resistant starch with overall health effects on the body, like low nutritional value, which i...  Read Full »

Why do I have pain and swelling in my gums?

Query: Hi doctor, I have pain and swelling in gums and sometimes bleeding as well.  Read Full »


Dr. Bharat Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please do not worry. Thank you very much for sending pictures and for making my diagnosis clear. See, it is gingivitis along with a traumatic ulcer. Gingivitis is due to the accumulation of plaque and while the ulcer is due to hot food inhalation. I am prescribing so...  Read Full »

Why am I not able to get rid of bad breath even though I brush every day?

Query: Hi doctor, I have plaque deposits on my teeth and gums. My gums bleed often, and they are receding. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Honey Nandwani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have viewed your image (attachment removed to protect patient identity), and it is calculus deposits over your gums. It occurs when the plaque is not removed properly with brushing, and it starts becoming hard due to calcium deposits over it. It accumulates more and ...  Read Full »

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 »

I have black plaque in my teeth which is not going off with brushing. How to remove it?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 18-year-old boy. I had teeth cleaning last month, and I have been brushing my teeth twice, early in the morning and before going to bed, and flossing every night. And this is the first time there is a black plaque in one of my teeth, and I thought it was just food stuck, but when I...  Read Full »


Dr. Alfiya K Jamal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You are taking good care of your oral hygiene. However, you have crowding and maligned teeth in that area, so the food particles can easily get stuck into that area and can not be easily removed. So it depends on how long the contact of deposits is happening in that ...  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 »

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 »

ask-doctor-img Ask a Doctor Online

* Your first query consult is free!

Search for a Health Issue



Disclaimer: No content published on this website is intended to be a substitute for professional medical diagnosis, advice or treatment by a trained physician. Seek advice from your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with questions you may have regarding your symptoms and medical condition for a complete medical diagnosis. Do not delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice because of something you have read on this website. Read our Editorial Process to know how we create content for health articles and queries.