A substance that collects in and hardens blood vessels, builds up on tooth enamel or appears on skin due to certain conditions.


Eating a diet with lots of fruits and vegetables can help prevent blood vessel and tooth plaque. Regular physical activity also can help keep blood vessels healthy.

When to seek immediate medical care

See a healthcare professional right away if you have:

  • Chest pain or shortness of breath.
  • Pain radiating to jaw, neck, shoulder or arm, especially the left arm.
  • Cold sweats.

When to make a doctor's appointment

Make an appointment to see a doctor or dentist if you have:

  • Thick, shiny, silvery scales on the skin that cause irritation or discomfort.
  • Ongoing tooth pain.