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

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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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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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