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By Jill Markos, DDS
January 26, 2015
Category: Oral Health

Stained TeethWhen it comes to teeth, not all stains treated by Vancouver, WA dentist Dr. Jill Markos, DDS are created equal. Not only can stains be caused by a number of different factors, but the actual way that the teeth stain can vary as well. This information is not only useful for preventing stains, but it is also crucial for properly and effectively treating stains as well. Here are a few different types of stains you may encounter.

1. Food and Drink

Regularly consuming certain foods and drinks, including dark berries, coffee and soda, can stain your teeth over time. Thankfully, these stains are surface stains, and they are easy to remove if caught and treated early.

2. Poor Oral Hygiene

Forgetting to brush and floss doesn't just lead to cavities; it can also lead to stains. Not only can your teeth begin to turn yellow when you don't brush, but they can begin to turn dark as cavities form as well.

3. Genetic Factors

While everyone can benefit from routine oral care and avoiding foods and drinks that stain, genetics also determines who naturally has teeth that are whiter and who naturally has teeth that are darker. Just like our skin, our teeth come in a variety of shades.

4. Medications and Antibiotics

Certain medications and antibiotics also have the tendency to stain teeth. The medication tetracycline has been found to cause staining when teeth are forming in children. While staining may be unavoidable if you need a particular medication, you will definitely want to read the list of potential side effects on any medication or antibiotic you are prescribed and ask your dentist in Vancouver, WA if you have any concerns.

5. Fluoride

While fluoride is effective at strengthening teeth and preventing decay in people of all ages, if too much of it is consumed, particularly by children, teeth staining can result. Consumption of fluoridated water will not result in staining, only over fluoridation, such as from rinses and additives.  The effect of over fluoridation is patchy or splotchy white spots on the teeth.

6. Age

Lastly, our teeth also naturally change shade as we age. This happens as the result of the foods and beverages we consume over a lifetime, as well as the thinning and weakening of the enamel.

Call Jil Markos, DDS Today!

No matter what has caused your tooth staining, your dentist in Vancouver, WA is ready to help you fix it. Call Dr. Markos and set up an appointment for teeth whitening today. You'll love seeing that bright, white, youthful, healthy smile once again!

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By Jill Markos, DDS
January 05, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Flossing  

Dentists recommend brushing and flossing daily to avoid the buildup of plaque and tartar around the base of your gum line. Consistency is one of the most important factors of good oral hygiene, and the best way to keep your teeth healthy and clean is to follow this recommendation.

Some people find that their daily schedules thwart them from taking proper care of their teeth. Drinking coffee and eating lunch at a Flossingdesk doesn’t allow some people the opportunity to floss in a traditional setting. To rectify this problem, a trend in public flossing has emerged in the last decade or so. Along with this trend, a debate over whether or not conducting oral hygiene procedures in public is socially appropriate.

When It’s Appropriate to Floss

A quick Google search of “flossing etiquette” returns several articles and blog posts about whether or not flossing in a public place (e.g. subway car, public bathroom, in the office, at a restaurant) is breaching social decorum.

So, is it okay to floss in public? Many of these articles would argue that no, it’s not okay, but many of the complaints posed in these articles center on the idea that flossing and brushing in public exposes others to unsanitary elements of a hygiene routine, like when people toss used floss on the ground or spit out toothpaste in a public sink and leaving the mess behind. However, the flossing itself isn’t inherently rude.

Ultimately, no one else can be responsible for your oral health but you, and there are certain circumstances that prevent might you from handling your hygiene routines in a strictly private setting. If you need to floss and you can’t be at home to do it, there’s nothing innately wrong in flossing in a more public space, but it might pay to keep in mind that some people do construe this behavior as rude. We recommend finding a happy medium: if you need to floss or brush outside your home, try to find a place that is relatively private, and always remember to clean up after yourself.

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