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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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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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Some Information About Crowns

By: Amanda Delwiche, DDS 

Many people have crowns on their teeth, but there are still many questions surrounding them and why you may need one. Crowns, sometimes called caps, totally cover a damaged tooth to repair it or help strengthen it. When you get a crown, it requires an initial appointment to prepare the tooth and make an impression. The impression is then sent to a lab where they fabricate the crown usually from ceramic or gold. The crown is then cemented to your tooth at a second follow up visit.

Often times crowns are used to replace old fillings. Amalgam, or silver, fillings tend to expand and contract over ...

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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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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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