Amanda Delwiche D.D.S.


Picking Out the Right Floss

In one of our more recent posts, we talked about picking out a toothpaste. What is even more important is, what kind of floss to use.  So, how do you know which one to get?

There are many options available at the store and it can be overwhelming. Glide, which is a very slippery kind of floss that is made by Oral-B, is a very popular brand that is all over the shelves at the stores and comes in many variations. Unfortunately, this floss is not very effective. It is so slippery that it glides right in between the teeth, like the name implies, and doesn't take much plaque or debris ...

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Investigating Dental Trends: Charcoal Whitening

There are all kinds of advertisements and tutorial videos on social media promoting the supposed benefits of whitening one’s teeth with activated charcoal.  So, does it live up to the hype?

Activated charcoal is a carbon-dense material that is highly absorbent due to treating (“activating”) it with high temperatures or chemicals.  It is most commonly used to treat certain types of poisoning or overdoses as it can absorb the material that was ingested. Side effects of ingesting it include vomiting, diarrhea, gastrointestinal damage, black tongue and can interact with certain medications.

The idea is that the activated charcoal will do its same absorbing wonders on your teeth to make them white.  Some ...

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Picking Out a Toothpaste

What kind of toothpaste should I use?” As a dental hygienist, I get this question often. It can be overwhelming trying to decide what kind to buy because there are so many brands and variations of products on the shelves. The answer is not completely black and white.

For most people, I tell them to use whatever kind of toothpaste they like that makes them want to brush their teeth as long as it meets a couple of criteria.

The first criteria is that it should have fluoride in it. Fluoride is important because it helps protect the teeth from decay (i.e. cavities). There is a lot of misinformation spread about fluoride ...

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Acidic Erosion

Enamel is one of the densest substances in the body, even more than bone. It is highly resistant to the wear and tear we put on it each and every day. In addition to the mechanical action of chewing, grinding and clenching our teeth, acidic erosion is another way our teeth can be harmed by our daily habits. Acids are substances with a low pH, where as bases have a high pH. Water is neutral with a pH of 7.  When we think about the acids that can be harmful to our teeth, most people think of soda, sports drinks and sour candies.  Some people are surprised to learn that ...

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Do I Really Need to Have My Wisdom Teeth Taken Out?

Third molars, most commonly known as wisdom teeth, usually erupt at about age 17, however this can vary from person to person and sometimes they don’t erupt at all. Some people are even born without wisdom teeth, or sometimes have some of them but not all four. 

Oftentimes the wisdom teeth become impacted which can lead to several different problems. Impaction means that the tooth cannot fully erupt into its proper spot in the jaw. Many, many generations ago, the human skull was larger than it is today and could accommodate all 32 teeth including the wisdom teeth. Through evolution, the human skull and jaw has become a lot smaller and ...

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Replacing a Missing Tooth

When we are young, losing a tooth is an exciting thing as we put the tooth under our pillow and the tooth fairy comes in the night to trade it for some money. Unfortunately, when we lose a tooth when we are older, it's not such an exciting experience.

Teeth have to be extracted for a variety of reasons. The most common ones are very large/ deep cavities, severe gum disease, and certain types of tooth fractures.

When a tooth is lost, it can be an emotional process. Fortunately, there are several options available to replace the tooth once it is gone.  Here, I will discuss the 4 most common options:

The first ...

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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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