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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!

Are you a patient of Jill Markos, DDS? If so, we would love to hear about your experiences below!

By Jill Markos, DDS
September 18, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Dental implants can be a true smile saver for the right candidate. Not only do they serve their purpose to replace the missing tooth, but they stimulate bone growth in the jaw, leading to a healthier mouth, overall. But how do you know if they're right for you?

You’re young

And no, you don’t have to be a spring chicken. If you’re in need of a new tooth or teeth, but feel like you’re just too young for removable dentures, you may be the perfect candidate for dental implants from your Vancouver dentist, Dr. Jill Markos. Sometimes it just doesn’t make sense to get dentures when you’ve got years ahead of you. You want to be sure that your mouth remains healthy and your smile beautiful for the rest of your life, and when you’re young, it’s a wise investment.

You’re healthy

Dental implants can require multiple surgeries: one to extract the tooth if it is still in the mouth and one to install the implant, itself. Because the mouth is full of bacteria that can get into the open area, antibiotics may be required for the procedure. Antibiotics can sometimes strip the intestines of good flora, so it’s essential that the patient has a strong immune system that can both fight off infection and handle the medicine. It’s also essential that your mouth have good bone density so that the implant takes properly and is able to integrate into your jawbone.

Dental Implants

You take good care of your mouth

Just because you need a dental implant doesn’t mean you don’t take excellent care of your mouth; not all teeth need to be removed due to decay. But you absolutely must practice optimal oral hygiene both between and after the surgeries to install the implants. Just like any other cosmetic dentistry procedures, maintaining good oral health will help the implants last as long as possible, which for many, is a lifetime. Smokers and those with chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes, may not be the best candidate and just as any other patient, will need to speak with Dr. Markos before a decision can be made.

Call Jill Markos, DDS Today!

Dental implants involve a lot of commitment but are an excellent option for tooth replacement for those that meet the requirements. To see if implants are right for you, contact the Vancouver dental office of Dr. Jill Markos today. Have you recieved Dental Implants at Jill Markos, DDS? If so, we would love to hear about your experince below!