What do you call a dentist who doesn’t like tea?
Why, Denis, of course.
Joking aside, a common concern for Gladstone patients can be stained teeth. We are Dr. Brian Westover DMD and Robert Kowal DDS of Brookside Dental. Today, let’s talk a little bit about a common cause of tooth staining: dark beverages including tea.
Over time tea can stain the plaque that may eventually turn into tartar. Plaque can be brushed and flossed away. Thorough daily rituals of oral cleaning are valuable for this. Tartar (which forms if the plaque remains on the teeth for over 24 hours) on the other hand will need to be removed in office during a teeth cleaning appointment. Either way, between cleanings a wise method for avoiding tea staining is to rinse with water after drinking tea or to eat something and then to be sure to brush and floss all surfaces of the teeth at the end of the day.
If the color of your teeth is still unsatisfactory after a professional cleaning, there is always teeth whitening as an option. Our other services include:
Invisalign invisible braces
The cost of living is going up in Gladstone, Gresham, and Oregon City. Come in Portland and let us share our competitive pricing, financial options and superb service with you. Cosmetic dentistry may be less expensive than you think.
Our specialty is general dentistry. A popular service in our office is family dentistry. We would love to do cosmetic dentistry if that appeals to you. Veneers, dental implants, crowns, partials.
Now you know that tea doesn’t have to stain teeth permanently. What’s your next question?
Dr. Brian Westover and Dr. Rob Kowal
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