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March 28, 2007

Black deposits at the gumline

Filed under: Gum disease — mesasmiles @ 4:28 pm

I have black deposits on the side of the teeth at the gumline. When I scrape them with a steel scaler, they break down but brushing doesn’t do anything. It’s like a formation of plaques, but it’s not yellow, it’s black. What is it?
– Mr. Worried in New York City

Dear Mr. Worried,
Your black deposits sound like dental calculus, and you should worry. Over time, dental calculus like this can make your teeth get loose and eventually fall out. You need to get to a dentist, have him or her confirm what they are, and if it is this dental calculus, get into a gum disease treatment program.
Dr. Hall

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About David A. Hall

Dr. David Hall was one of the first 40 accredited cosmetic dentists in the world. He practiced cosmetic dentistry in Iowa, and in 1990 earned his accreditation with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is now president of Infinity Dental Web, a company in Mesa, Arizona that does complete Internet marketing for dentists.

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