Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Tooth Plaque Evaluation

Evaluation of dental plaque begins with a medical history and oral examination.

Physical findings in those with dental plaque may include:

  • Calculus build-up on the teeth

Tests are not required to identify dental plaque. Tests may be done to look for infection or tooth decay.

Tests that may be used to evaluate dental disease include:

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Last Updated: Dec 9, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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