Swimmer’s Calculus is Not Advanced Math!

“Can chlorine from a pool turn my child’s teeth yellow or brown?”

swimmers and the effect of chlorine on teechRecently, I received this very question from a concerned mom. My three boys swim and play water polo competitively, so the question rang pretty close to home. An article from the Academy of General Dentistry states the following regarding this phenomenon: “Athlete swimmers, who often swim laps more than six hours a week, expose their teeth to large amounts of chemically treated water. Pool water contains chemical additives like antimicrobials, which give the water a higher pH than saliva, causing salivary proteins to break down quickly and form organic deposits on swimmer’s teeth. The result is swimmer’s calculus, hard, brown tartar deposits that appear predominantly on the front teeth.”

To answer the question directly, swimming a lot can cause you to get yellow to dark brown stains on your teeth. Your dentist or dental hygienist should be able to remove these stains for you at a routine cleaning appointment. At home, I recommend using an electric toothbrush with Arm & Hammer Baking Soda toothpaste. The slight grit in the toothpaste can help remove these stains between dentist visits.

~ Dr. Zachary

The Importance of a Qualified Local Orthodontist

Dr. Zachary is proud to have partnered with the community outreach program. A very important goal of this program is to educate the public on the importance of going to an orthodontist for any orthodontic treatment.

Just as one would seek a cardiologist for a heart check-up, an orthodontist is specifically trained to move teeth correctly, comfortably, and most of all, safely. It is unethical for a non-orthodontist to call himself “an orthodontist.” It jeopardizes patients and public trust in the profession as a whole, and calls into question the quality of treatment a patient may be receiving.

The American Association of Orthodontists is committed to beautiful and healthy smiles treated by a specialty-trained orthodontist. If you have any questions, please call Dr. Zachary.

Happy 2013 from Zachary Orthodontics!

Happy New Year everyone! There is no better way to usher in the new year than to celebrate birthdays!


January is a big month for birthdays at Dr. Zachary’s office. Please help us celebrate four birthdays this month – Gail, Carolyn, Kim, and Cristie! If we combined all the years these ladies have been working at Dr. Zachary’s office, we tabulate almost 40 years of excellent service to our patients and communities!

Happy Birthday, ladies!