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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 »

Is root canal the correct treatment option for an infected tooth?

Query: Hi doctor, I had my lower right side first molar extraction about a month ago. My dentist prescribed a course of antibiotics. The pain persisted after I finished the antibiotics course, so the dentist again prescribed a five-day antibiotic course. A week went by with no pain, and then the pain re-o...  Read Full »

Dr. Nupur Prashant Shah

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern regarding to dental health. First of all, I would like to suggest you go for a clinical examination of an affected area. If there is a presence of plaque or calculus near the second molar of the lower right side, then go for scaling. I...  Read Full »

How to treat bad breath permanently?

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from bad breath. Bad smell prevails after I brush my teeth or clean my tongue. I want to get rid of it. Is there any permanent solution?  Read Full »

Dr. Prerna Jain

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Bad breath can be due to many reasons. One of the most common reasons is poor oral hygiene. Despite brushing well, there is some deposit of tartar (calculus) and plaque over a period. You should get a regular clean up (scaling - once a year) done by a dent...  Read Full »

Do blood in mouth on sucking gums and bad taste indicate gingivitis?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 27-year-old male. Since four months after brushing, there is blood in my mouth. Now, if I suck my left side upper gum, there is a bad taste and bleeding. I brush twice a day. And I did not have any dental issues before. I am using Sensodyne due to some sensitivity since the same t...  Read Full »

Dr. Ummah Mohammad

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is the beginning of gum infection you are talking about, and you need to get scaling done soon. Bleeding gums is because of developing plaque at gum lines which initially cause gingivitis or inflamed gums, but if left untreated, plaque will turn harder, and t...  Read Full »

Can one get bad breath even after maintaining good oral hygiene?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been suffering from chronic bad breath for the past few years. I did not get it diagnosed, though. What confuses me is that I perform good oral hygiene but still cannot get rid of it. I went to a dentist two months back, she just cleaned my teeth, and it seemed like it worked, ...  Read Full »

Dr. Beryl Fredrick

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your query and understand your concern. The most common cause of bad breath is a gum condition called gingivitis. Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums caused by constant irritation due to tartar/calculus (hardened yellow deposits on the ...  Read Full »

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