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What dissolves plaque?

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ArcheryTips Fri 12-Jun-15 19:55:51

This is scaring me just writing this. I am dental phobic. Can't go in for even a basic examination. Never had my teeth cleaned/scaled/polished - or whatever it is they do. Only ever had treatment under sedation (wisdom extraction).

I've tried hypnotherapy - didn't make one jot of difference. Tried big doses of diazepam/temazepam/lorazepam - they get me in the door of the clinic, but I can't cope with an examination, aside from a 20 second a visual one.

So. It's pretty bad. Luckily, my teeth aren't - so far. I last went about ten years ago and not needed to go since. I've noticed that I am getting a bit of plaque (is that the same as tartar?) around the bottom of some of my teeth where they meet the gum. Nothing terrible, but I expect it isn't good to have it there.

Onto my question - is there any thing I can take, apply etc to dissolve the plaque - that won't harm my teeth obviously? I can take pain, bad taste etc, just not dentists smile.


Willdoitinaminute Sun 14-Jun-15 22:44:07

Tartar is a hard calcified deposit. Plaque is th result of bacteria and food forming a soft creamy white colony at the

hiddenhome Sun 14-Jun-15 22:53:56

Get an Emmi-Dent toothbrush. They're not cheap, but they're fantastic for cleaning both teeth and gums. It doesn't use friction so it's good for fragile or sensitive gums.

I swear by mine. Me and dh no longer need to see the dental hygienist when we go for check ups smile

You don't need to buy the special toothpaste they sell with the toothbrushes. Standard paste works fine. Don't use Oral B it's too abrasive.

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