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Stress and Your Oral Health

Stress and Your Oral Health

 Here are some ways that our bodies may respond to stress from an oral health point of view, and also ways to calm our bodies and minds.

• The habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, usually while you’re sleeping, is called bruxism. It may be caused by stress. Symptoms include headaches, a sore jaw, frequent headaches, and damage to teeth or dental work.

• Periodontal (gum) disease might be linked to high stress. Signs of gum disease include gums that bleed when you brush or floss; red, swollen or tender gums; and gums that have pulled away from your teeth.

• Canker sores may also be stress-related. These ...

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Mouthguards

What is a mouthguard and why would my child need one?

Mouthguards are important for active kids and teenagers to protect their growing teeth and surrounding oral structures. Mouthguards cushion the impact from sports-related trauma that could otherwise cause broken teeth, jaw injuries, or cuts on the lip, tongue or face.

Can’t I just buy one at the drug store?

In our office, we create mouthguards that are custom-made to fit your child’s mouth, which makes them more comfortable and effective than the over-the-counter versions. Our custom-made mouth guards stay in the mouth and only cause minimal interference with speech. Treating a sports-related dental injury can cost thousands of dollars, so it’s ...

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Bad Breath

Bad breath is also called halitosis.  It can be an embarrassing problem, so some people don’t want to talk about it.  Bad breath can be caused by many different things including:

  1. Some foods
  2. Cavities
  3. Periodontal (gum) disease
  4. Bacteria on the tongue
  5. Xerostomia (dry mouth)
  6. Using tobacco products
  7. Sinus or respiratory infections
  8. Some medical conditions
  9. Some medications
  10. Poor oral hygiene
  11. Improperly cleaned dentures.

Some tips for preventing bad breath are:

  1. Keep current with your regular dental cleanings, x-rays, and exam
  2. Brush at least twice daily and be sure to brush your tongue too. For best results, brush after all meals and try to avoid between meal snacking because the food you eat also feeds the bacteria that live in your mouth and create bad breath.  ...

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Sealants

What are sealants? Many of us have heard of them, but are unsure as to what they are. Sealants are an easy and affordable way to prevent tooth decay (cavities). They are also sometimes called pit and fissure sealants. This is because a small amount of material is applied to the chewing surfaces of back teeth (where the pits and fissures are) to seal them off from the rest of the mouth. These pits and fissures can be deep and toothbrush bristles can’t always reach all the way in them, so they are extra susceptible to cavities. By sealing them off, you are decreasing your risk of getting cavities on ...

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Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth Sensitivity

Many of you may have experienced tooth sensitivity associated with cold beverages or foods or even cold air. You might even be sensitive to the touch on some areas of your teeth. This may be due to gingival recession, a situation where the gum has receded away from the crown of the tooth exposing the root surface of your tooth. The root of your tooth does not have the enamel layer protecting its outer surface. Instead, the outermost layer of the root surface is called cementum, a thin softer layer that can be easily removed. Even overly aggressive tooth brushing or using a medium or hard bristled toothbrush can ...

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The Effects of Nutrition on Your Teeth

By: Dr. Amanda Delwiche, DDS

The role of nutrition on your oral health is twofold. First of all nutrients from food contribute to the health of your mouth and development of teeth. Second, eating habits have a direct effect on the formation of cavities.

Baby teeth begin to form at 2 months of gestation, and permanent teeth begin to form before birth as well. Therefore, a pregnant mother’s nutrition directly supplies her baby with the building materials for their teeth. Severe nutrient deficiencies during pregnancy can therefore result in mouth malformations, delayed tooth eruption, compromised tooth integrity, and teeth that are more susceptible to cavities. Mineralization of teeth begins as ...

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Water Fluoridation

There has recently been a lot of talk about fluoride in Sonoma County, and we have noticed that many people have some unanswered questions.

 What is fluoride? Fluoride is a naturally occurring compound that comes from the element fluorine. In fact, fluoride compounds are found in rocks and soil and as water passes over rock formations, fluoride ions are released into the water. This means that a varying amount of fluoride is naturally found in all water sources.

 How does fluoride prevent tooth decay? Fluoride prevents tooth decay either systemically or topically. During tooth development, if you ingest fluoride either from a water source or a prescription, it will become incorporated in ...

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