Amanda Delwiche D.D.S.
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What Is Oral Irrigation?

What is Oral Irrigation?

 

You may have heard us talking about the Waterpik in our office. This is our favorite oral hygiene tool for oral irrigation and we routinely recommend the Waterpik for many of our patients. Oral irrigators were first developed in 1962 as an alternative to dental flossing. An oral irrigator uses a stream of pressurized, pulsating water to clean between teeth and below the gum line. As a result, harmful deep periodontal pocket bacteria that could not otherwise be reached through brushing or flossing, is flushed out and removed.

 

Adding an oral irrigator to your routine can be invaluable in the fight against gum disease. Specifically, oral water irrigators ...

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Oil Pulling for Dental Health

Oil Pulling for Dental Health

Have you heard the buzz about Oil-Pulling with coconut oil to transform your dental health? Several patients have brought this to my attention recently so I decided to do some research. I learned that Oil Pulling has been used for thousands of years as an Indian folk remedy. It involves putting about a tablespoon of oil in your mouth, then swishing it around your teeth for 20 minutes. The way that it works is relatively simple. Swishing the oil around in your mouth causes bacteria to “get stuck” and dissolve in the liquid oil. There are many different types of bacteria in the mouth, ...

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What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease, also called periodontitis, is an infection in your gum tissue. People often don’t realize that they may have gum disease, or that they need to do something about it because it often does not hurt. However, more people loose teeth to gum disease than to decay. Also studies have shown a link with gum disease and other systemic diseases such as diabetes, stroke, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and even premature birth.

In perfect health our gums are tight around our teeth and a varying shade of pink. When measuring the space from the top of the gums to where they attach to the teeth, there is a natural space ...

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Diabetes and Dental Health

 

Diabetes and Dental Health

 

Research shows that there is an increase in the prevalence of gum disease among those with diabetes. People with diabetes are two times more likely to develop gum disease. Emerging research also suggests that the relationship between serious gum disease and diabetes goes both ways. Not only are people with diabetes more susceptible to gum disease, but serious gum disease may have the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to ...

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How Does Smoking Tobacco or Marijuana Affect My Oral Health?

We all know that smoking is not great for our health. Tobacco use remains one of the leading preventable causes of death in the United States. Although there is no empirical evidence linking marijuana use to increased mortality, it still causes health problems. Most of these health issues come from smoking marijuana, not secondhand exposure or consuming it. The main health concerns from smoking both tobacco and marijuana include increased risk of cancer, lung damage, and oral health diseases.

 

Oral health issues that arise in smokers include oral cancer, periodontitis (gum disease), and cavities.  Investigators have found a strong association between regular marijuana use with the increased prevalence of gum and ...

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Sports and Energy Drinks Can Damage Your Teeth

Sports and Energy Drinks Can Damage Your Teeth

You may not know that many popular energy and sports drinks are exposing people to potential dental problems. Numerous studies have shown that these drinks are capable of hurting your teeth by eroding your enamel. When this strong outer layer of your teeth becomes eroded you can be more susceptible to decay and sensitivity. It comes down to the level of acid, or pH level, in whatever you are drinking. Water is generally considered to have a pH of 7 which is neutral. Battery acid has a level of 0. Stomach acid varies between 1-2 or can be as high as 4-5. Coffee ...

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Chewing Gum Can Be Good For Your Teeth

Did you know that chewing gum can help reduce the risk of developing a cavity? One major benefit of chewing gum is that it increases the amount of saliva in your mouth. The increased saliva helps to flush away the plaque from your teeth. Also, every time we eat the pH of our mouth becomes more acidic. The increased saliva from chewing gum helps to return the mouth to a more neutral pH. Additionally, minerals in our saliva like calcium, phosphate, and flouride help to strengthen teeth to further protect against cavities.

You shouldn't chew just any gum though. Bacteria in our mouths make acid from regular sugar and some sugar ...

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