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West End Dental Inc Reopening
West End Dental is excited to begin seeing patients safely. These are unprecedented times, and we want to reassure you that we have taken every precaution to ensure your safety and wellbeing during your visit.

•  Taking temperatures and pulse oximetry measurements of every patient and caregiver before they enter our clinic.
•  Screening each person entering the building for any symptoms and redirecting them if symptoms are present.
•  Modifying our waiting rooms and how we deliver care to honor social distancing.
•  All caregivers will be masked as well as patients anytime they are not receiving treatment.
•  Increased cleaning procedures, frequency, and improved products for cleaning
•  We also request that patients please arrive as close to their appointment time as they can and that they please not bring additional persons to their appointment if possible.

We ask that you understand that our provider's time is more crucial than ever and request that you be prompt to your appointment, arriving no sooner or later than your appointment time. Understand that if you cancel your appointment less than 48 hours in advance or are more than 15 minutes late to your visit, we may charge your account a $50.00 non-refundable fee.

Thank you for choosing West End Dental. We are committed to safe, compassionate care, especially as we continue to deal with impacts of COVID-19. If you have any concerns before, during, or after you visit, please do not hesitate to make us aware of them. We are all in this together and are committed to creating a safe, compassionate and healing environment.

How Do Dental Stains Begin?
Posted on 11/9/2020 by Dr. James A. Krippaehne
How Do Dental Stains Begin?Dental stains result from consuming foods or drinks that stain the teeth, or from taking certain medications or using tobacco. Poor dental hygiene contributes to surface staining as well. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, a white and bright smile is important to 99% of people when it comes to interacting socially.

How Stains Penetrate the Dental Enamel

The main reason for discoloration is due to the permeability of the enamel and the level of erosion. While most people would like a whiter smile, that is not always possible, given a person's lifestyle and age. That is why you need to find out how to whiten your teeth safely and keep them from staining. The average thickness of enamel is approximately the size of a key's thickness or a thin ring band. Its purpose is to safeguard the dentin and inner layers from acids. When the white layers of the enamel wear away, the dentin is exposed, leading to fading and discoloration. Stains can also permeate the enamel when patients take certain medications. If your tooth has been affected by trauma, it can change a tooth's color.

Other Reasons Why Stains Begin

If you forget to brush or floss your teeth, you can cause a build-up of food stains and plaque. In addition, skipping professional cleanings can lead to staining. In some cases, stains cannot be avoided. For example, radiation and chemotherapy treatments can discolor the teeth. If you have amalgam restorations, especially any containing silver-sulfide, they can add a gray-black cast to the teeth. In addition, as people age, the enamel wears away, and the dentin becomes more visible. When this happens, it also reduces the size of the pulp, making a tooth appear darker and less translucent.

As long as you know the reason to tooth staining, you can take measures to prevent further discoloration and find out your best options for whitening. Call us today to obtain further details about tooth whitening, or contact us and make an appointment for a dental cleaning and exam.
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