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West End Dental Inc and Dr. Krippaehne’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak:
The American Dental Association has recommended and the Oregon Governor has ordered that all non-emergency procedures by dentist cease. The order is an attempt to preserve protective equipment, such as gloves and masks for the COVID-19 patients.

In an attempt to keep any dental emergency out of our hospitals' emergency departments, dental offices are encouraged to treat dental emergencies through virtual communication when possible.

In response, West End Dental Inc and Dr. Krippaehne are fully prepared to provide teledentistry to those in need, including new or established patients.

If you or someone you know has an urgent dental concern, please contact Polly (office manager) on her cell phone 503-267-4893 to schedule a teledental visit with Dr. Krippaehne.

If you would like to contact our office with a non urgent matter, please call the office at 503-224-7815. You may also fax or email with non urgent matters. Fax 503-222-0029, email

What Is It About Coffee That Stains Your Teeth?

Posted on 1/25/2020 by Dr. James A. Krippaehne
What Is It About Coffee That Stains Your Teeth?For some people, coffee is a necessity for kick-start their day. It provides them with enough energy to both stay awake throughout the day and concentrate on the tasks at hand. In fact, coffee might be an addiction to some.

Sadly, it can easily lead to the staining of your teeth. Without proper dental care, avid coffee drinkers are likely to develop brown teeth, requiring teeth whitening procedures. But what causes makes coffee such a teeth-staining agent? 

The Structure Of The Enamel

To understand how coffee leads to teeth stains, you need to know how the enamel is structured. The enamel is the outer white and hard covering on your teeth. It houses the interior parts of your teeth, including the pulp, which has nerve endings and blood vessels. When brushing your teeth, this is the area that your toothbrush interacts with.

The enamel isn't completely impermeable, and it has microscopic gaps within it which makes it look like a sponge under a microscope. By drinking things like coffee, it gets into those tiny holes and leads to stains on the enamel. If you do nothing to deal with the stains, the stains get deeper and deeper into the other layers of your teeth. As time goes by, the development of these stains affects your entire dental structure, and the stains may not be the only dental issues you have present.

Basic Dental Care Is Essential

Dealing with these stains is all about basic dental care. When you brush your teeth, you eliminate some of these stains from the layers of your enamel. You should focus on brushing your teeth as well as flossing them regularly. Also, purchase a good mouthwash to help with the issue.

Stains on your dentition can result in a less-than-remarkable smile. While coffee can lead stains, you do not have to quit it. Between keeping your teeth clean and regular visits to our office, we can help reduce the staining your teeth endure.
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