Amanda Delwiche D.D.S.
AMANDA DELWICHE
D.D.S.

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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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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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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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Quality Dental Plan

Quality Dental Plan

In our office you may have been asked “have you heard about our Quality Dental Plan?” This plan, QDP, is a membership plan we offer for patients who are uninsured or unsatisfied with their dental insurance. It can be purchased for the year and begins on the day of purchase. Here is what our patients receive with a year membership to QDP:

· free simple cleanings (two per year)

· free complete annual exam

· free x-rays needed for complete annual exam

· free emergency exam

· 15% savings on general and major dental procedures

The plan costs $299 per year and then $249 for other family members. This is a great savings!

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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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Don't Wait Until It's Too Late!

Putting off dental treament is never a good idea. Problems may start out small, but could get much bigger. Possible effects of waiting too long for treatment may include:

More pain

More complex and lengthier treatment

Increased treatment costs due to more harm to mouth and teeth

Higher risks of infection or complications

Longer recovery time

Having to take more time off from work for treatment and recovery

To put it simply, an investment in dentistry now may save you discomfort, money and time in ...

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