3 Surprising Teeth Stainers
Learn which liquids may damage your enamel, create protein build-up and more
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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.
Also acidic, it’s especially damaging when paired with a dark
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.