Wednesday, August 17, 2011

3 Surprising Teeth Stainers


3 Surprising Teeth Stainers

Learn which liquids may damage your enamel, create protein build-up and more 

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3 Surprising Teeth Stainers
When it comes to less-than-pearly whites, coffee’s not the only culprit. Watch out for these little-known teeth tainters, says Cynthia Sherwood, DDS, a spokeswoman for the Academy of General Dentistry:

White Wine
It’s actually more acidic than red—and acid breaks down tooth enamel, making it more likely to absorb color from food or drinks. That means if you drink white wine while enjoying, say, a plate of berries, your teeth are at risk. No need to nix the vino entirely; just alternate with sips of water to avoid unsightly marks.

Orange Juice
Also acidic, it’s especially damaging when paired with a dark beverage (like coffee). Daily cups of OJ can also leave your mouth more prone to stains because the acid continues to break down enamel over time. Lower the acidity level a little (and save calories) by diluting your juice with water or seltzer.

If you’re a competitive swimmer or swim for hours each week, you could end up with spots called “swimmer’s calculus.” The high pH of the chemicals in the pool water causes proteins to harden into a dark brown tartar. You’ll probably need to get your teeth professionally cleaned three or four times per year.
--As appeared in Woman's Day magazine. September 2011 issue.

Professional Dental Cleaning
Professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) are usually performed by Registered Dental Hygienists. A cleaning appointment at Periodontal Associates in the Denver/Aurora, CO area will include a dental exam and the following:

  • Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface.  Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental instruments.
  • Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth.  It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva.  The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums.  This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!
  • Teeth polishing: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.

To schedule a cleaning, or a dental exam by Dr. Versman and Dr. Heller, appointment at Periodontal Associates, visit our contact form online, call us at 303-755-4500 or email us

Periodontal Associates is a periodontal health practice in the Denver - Aurora, Colorado (CO) area with a focus on dental implants for the replacement of missing teeth, and the treatment of gingivitis and gum disease to restore patients' oral health.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Periodontal Associates' Hygiene Study Club

Please join Dr. Versman & Dr. Heller in Denver for the next Periodontal Associates' Hygiene Study Club.

For event details and to register, visit our event page.

"My Five Favorite Teeth"
Presented by Dr. Norm Stoller, Past Chairman of the Division of Periodontics at the University of Colorado
Teeth That Have:
*Influenced my thinking
*Been intellectually challenging
*Made me realize that I had/have much to learn
This discussion will utilize five mini case studies to explore a wide range of topics that are of interest to all dental professionals.

This complimentary evening is courtesy of Periodontal Associates - The Dental Implant Team and Procter & Gamble. Food and drinks will be served at 6:00pm. Presentation will begin at 6:30pm. All attendees will receive a sample package courtesy of P&G.

Norm Stoller received his dental degree from University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 1967, a dental internship compliments of the US Army (1967-70), and a residency in periodontics at the University of Pennsylvania (1971-73).
His professional career was that of an academic dentist. From 1973 to 1983 Norm taught at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1983 he moved west to Chair the Division of Periodontics at the University of Colorado School of Dentistry. His research interests concentrated on the measurement and meaning of horizontal tooth mobility, the development of chemotherapeutic agents useful in the management of periodontal disease and the study and treatment of periodontal disease in the domesticated dog and cat as well as zoo-kept exotic animals. His academic career allowed for extensive travel, presenting papers, attending meetings and included a sabbatical to Geneva Switzerland in 1981. He retired from academic dentistry in 2006.
Norm and his wife currently reside in Frisco. He is an avid skier, road biker and wood turner.

Periodontal Associates is a periodontal health practice in Aurora, Colorado (CO) , serving the entire Denver metro area, with a focus on dental implants for the replacement of missing teeth, and the treatment of gingivitis and gum disease to restore patients' oral health.

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