Autism Awareness & Dental Care

April is Autism Awareness Month and April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day. A quarter century ago, the Autism Society launched a nationwide effort to promote autism awareness and acceptance and draw attention to the tens of thousands facing diagnosis of the disorder each year. Toward that end, April was declared Autism Awareness Month in 2007. The goal of the annual event (as well as the society), is to encourage acceptance and appreciation for anyone who is diagnosed as autistic. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a “spectrum” disorder because of the wide variety of type and severity of symptoms patients experience.  

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All About Floss

If you’ve ever watched the television show, Survivor, you’ve seen people scraping their teeth with twigs. Contestants do this because their time in the wilderness keeps them far from luxuries, such as toothbrushes and dental floss. Rubbing their pearly whites with sticks is actually a great substitute for regular dental care. But if you’re home, you probably have access to more effective and modern dental hygiene tools. One of the most important of these is floss. 

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Oral Cancer Awareness Month

April is National Oral Cancer Awareness Month. One of the more deadly types of cancer involves the mouth. In fact, Oral and pharyngeal cancer (cancer of the mouth and upper throat) collectively kills nearly one person every hour of every day of the year. Of the people newly diagnosed with these cancers, fewer than 60% will live longer than five years. To increase awareness, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) encourages dentists and other dental professionals to raise awareness about facial protection and oral cancer screenings.

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Good Dental Health through Nutrition

March is National Nutrition Month. Spearheaded annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the campaign focuses on education and information. This year’s theme is “Personalize Your Plate.” In our ongoing effort to promote good health, we are happy to share about the important role nutrition plays in healthy teeth and gums. 

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Coronavirus Safety Matters: For Your Dental (And Overall) Health

If you’re getting tired of hearing about COVID-19, you’re in good company. For the past year, writers, news anchors and talk show hosts have been covering the topic ad nauseum. But, like it or not, the subject probably won’t likely disappear from headlines anytime soon. The most recent data available, on Worldometer, reports 113,824,567 people have been diagnosed with the illness, also known as the Coronavirus. Worldwide, the death toll stands at 2,524,862.The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) divides COVID-19 into four main sub-groupings:

  • Alpha
  • Beta
  • Gamma
  • Delta
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American Heart Month: The Dental Connection

Earlier this month, millions of people celebrated Valentine’s Day with chocolate candy and romantic meals. We discussed the repercussions of a sugar-heavy diet on dental heath in a recent postEvery 40 seconds this month (and every month thereafter), an American will suffer a heart attack. Although these events are seemingly unrelated, the American Heart Association (AHA) contends that lifestyle is the leading contributor to heart disease. In fact, with an average 635,000 heart-related deaths each year, experts name cardiac disease as the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States. To call attention to the prevalence of heart disease in America as well as encourage proactive steps, the federal government first declared February as American Heart Month in 1964. Since heart disease impacts dental health, we wanted to take this opportunity to discuss the importance of taking care of your heart. 

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How to Pick a Toothbrush

According to Delta Dental, the average American spends 1,000 hours brushing their teeth over the course of their lifetime. Unfortunately, however, the American Dental Association asserts that most people use inferior quality brushes to take care of their teeth. Toothbrushes were invented in 1498 in China. Prior to that date, ancient civilizations were said to rely on “chew sticks,” small twigs with frayed edges, which they rubbed against dental surfaces, to remove plaque and debris. The modern nylon bristle toothbrush widely used today emerged in 1938. In between, people used boar bristles, which were the coarse hairs found on the back of hog’s necks. 

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Glendora Fluoride Treatments

When you were young, your dentist probably gave you a fluoride treatment. As a child, the goo and the tray they inserted into your mouth may have felt unnecessarily messy and uncomfortable. Have you ever wondered whether the treatment did any good? In this blog post, we examine fluoride treatments, which you may be surprised to learn, can be given not just to children but to anyone who has teeth! 

Fluoride


In a world filled with sugary temptations, dental decay is common. One way to help prevent cavities from occurring is through the use of fluoride. Fluoride hardens tooth enamel and makes it resistant to tooth decay. In fact, a fluoride treatment can actually stop a small cavity in its tracks or even reverse the decaying process. 

Dentists administer fluoride in two different ways: 

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Dental Anxiety

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), 36 percent of the United States population experiences dental anxiety. In fact, an additional 12 percent suffer from what scientists call “extreme dental fear.” In search of underlying causes for such phobias, researchers studied the underlying reason so many people fear dentists. They concluded “the causes of dental fear, dental anxiety or dental phobia are related to exogenous factors such as direct learning from traumatic experiences, vicarious learning through significant others and the media, and endogenous factors such as inheritance and personality traits. In other words, several things conspire to produce dental anxiety. At Blue Ocean Dentistry, we work to alleviate such fears.

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Toothaches: The Problem with Pain

Tooth pain results from varying conditions. But whatever the source, recipients count it among the worst types of torture known to man. In this blog post, we examine underlying conditions which can lead to dental pain and discuss homeopathic, as well as medicinal, approaches which nip toothaches in the bud. 

Whether sharp or dull, constant or intermittent, toothaches sideline people in a way unlike many other types of discomfort. Pain is the primary method the brain uses to signal that something requires attention. Like someone screaming into a bullhorn, nerves demand that something be done. 

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