Amanda Jones

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Amanda Jones serves as the graphics guru for Delta Dental of Arizona. Since moving to Arizona in 2010, she has been advocating for greater access to oral health care through her work with the Maricopa County oral health coalition (MOLAR). She's passionate about improving lives through health promotion and disease prevention. Amanda loves her spin brush because a smiley face appears after two minutes and if she keeps brushing, it will wink! In her spare time, she enjoys karaoke, live music and exploring new restaurants. [Editor's Note: Amanda is no longer a current DDAZ employee.]

Recent blog posts written by Amanda Jones

Are Your Prescription Drugs Harming Your Oral Health?

Have you used tetracycline to fight acne or an infection? How about Nexium for GERD? You may be among the millions of people who use medication to manage a disease or condition. Although every drug your doctor prescribes has been evaluated and approved by the FDA, it’s important to know that the prescription medications you […]

Preventive Oral Health Protects Your Teeth & Your Pocketbook

Although it is common knowledge that dentists recommend a professional cleaning twice a year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that only two-thirds of adults go to the dentist once a year. The primary reason people delay dental visits? According to a 2012 Consumer Reports survey, the cost of care tops the list. However, […]

Don’t Let Bad Breath Make You an April Fool

Bad breath is no joke. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to stop stinky breath before it starts. Here’s how you can avoid being an April Fool every day: Watch what you eat You probably already know that what you put in your mouth can give you foul breath long after the […]

Is Yogurt the Latest Superfood for Good Oral Health?

For years, nutritionists and doctors have been praising the health benefits that we can reap from eating just a few ounces of yogurt regularly, but now it’s dentists who are encouraging patients to begin eating the creamy, dairy food. Yogurt has always been known to be high in calcium, which helps strengthen bones, including teeth. […]

Tooth Fairy Traditions Around the World

Give your teeth some extra flossing and smile your best smile because Tooth Fairy Day is February 28! This special day is a great way to start a discussion about oral health with kids and have a little fun at the same time. To celebrate, let’s take a look at a few Tooth Fairy traditions […]

A child gets a sealant application as part of his school-based dental sealant program funded by the Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation.

Seal the Deal: Cut Down on Decay with Sealants

Cutting down on tooth decay in your most cavity-susceptible teeth can be as easy as a quick dentist appointment to get sealants. Dental sealants are made of a plastic coating that covers the natural pits and grooves of molar teeth. These areas can be hard to reach with regular brushing and flossing and bacteria love to hide […]

A smile does a lot more than tell someone about your mood.

The Science of Smiling

Believe it or not, a smile does a lot more than tell someone about your mood. Simply lifting the corners of your mouth can make strangers happier, improve your own mood and may even extend your lifespan if you do it often enough. After studying the effects of smiling, scientists have come to some not-so-surprising […]

Minor mouth problems can be irritating, but DDAZ has tips to soothe your sore mouth.

How to Treat Canker Sores, Burns & Sore Jaws

Sometimes the most minor mouth problems are also the most painful ones: the burn on the roof of your mouth from when you didn’t wait for your dinner to cool off, the cut where you accidentally chomped your cheek, that annoying canker sore that just won’t go away. Here’s what to do the next time you find […]

Deviled eggs on green lettuce

Mouth Healthy Recipe: Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs don’t have to be so devilish. This version of the picnic staple is lower in fat and calories than the standard recipe and it adds calcium-rich cottage cheese.

Mouth Rushmore National Memorial; header image for presidential tooth tales

Our Forefathers Didn’t Floss: Presidential Tooth Tales

In honor of Independence Day, we’re sharing some presidential tooth tales from a time when our nation’s leaders didn’t have regular checkups or dental insurance.  George Washington Despite the popular presidential tooth tale, George Washington didn’t really have wooden teeth. What he did have, however, were a variety of dentures made of everything from human, […]

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