Although we’ve previously discussed the way to choose the best toothbrush, we’ve never focused an entire blog post on the stringy subject of floss. Ultimately, the best floss is whichever one you will use. Let’s face it – for whatever reason, people hate to floss their teeth. As dental health professionals, we don’t get it. How difficult is it to run a piece of fine string between your teeth and gums if it means the difference between a healthy set of teeth and gums and disease and pain? If you struggle to floss, it’s possible you aren’t using the right tool. So, allow us to cover the good, the bad and the ugly so you can get the right tools for the job!Continue reading “All About Dental Floss”
One of the great things about starting a new year is the opportunity to make a fresh start. In the United States, the most common new year’s resolutions pertain to health. Since we are committed to helping improve our patients’ overall health, we would like to take the opportunity to offer four tips to help you make 2022 your healthiest year ever:Continue reading “Healthy Resolutions”
With the holidays upon us, are you on a tireless search for the perfect gift or stocking stuffer? If so, take heart. We’ve got some great ideas for dental care-related gifts at several different price points, all of which are fun as well as functional!Continue reading “Dental-Related Christmas or Hanukkah Gifts”
Do you have people on your holiday gift list who are difficult to shop for? Maybe they disdain materialism. Or, they could have limitless funds, so they have already purchased everything they want or need. If you have such a recipient on your holiday list, read on. This blog post offers unique gift ideas for everyone on your list, even those who leave you stumped!Continue reading “The Gift of a Holiday Smile”
December is National Handwashing Month. And while handwashing has always been an important part of hygiene, in the wake of COVID-19, the practice has become more critical still. As a result, we would like to devote this blog post to the habit, in the interest of good overall health.Continue reading “Happy National Handwashing Month ￼”
Now that you’ve finished off the last of the turkey leftovers, you’re heading directly into the holiday season. And what awaits you if you aren’t careful are compromised teeth and gums. We want to help you avoid that situation. Read on to find out tips for taking care of your pearly whites from now until (and after) the first of the New Year!Continue reading “Your Teeth During the Holiday Season￼￼”
While we briefly discussed holiday teeth care in last week’s blog post, we wanted to follow up this week by discussing how to take care of your teeth on Thanksgiving Day. While many of the same points apply, Thanksgiving centers around food. So, we hope these more specific tips may help ward off bad habits that could turn your thankful holiday table into a terror for your teeth!Continue reading “Happy Thanksgiving: Take care of your teeth! “
The period between Halloween and New Year’s Day can wreak havoc on dental health. Parties and family get-togethers often center around food. And, what’s more, a busy social calendar leaves little time for personal care. So, how can you take care of your pearly whites while still enjoying the season? This blog post offers ideas for taking care of yourself while making the most of the holidays.Continue reading “￼Take Care of Your Teeth This Holiday Season”
Writers often espouse the dangers of sugar on dental health. However, few focus on some of the more surprising habits that negatively impact teeth. In this blog post, we seek to expose some of those practices. Avoiding them may improve the results of your next dental exam.
Surfing social media, you’ve likely seen numerous ads about at-home teeth whitening. Or, if you’re more old school, you might have noticed magazine advertisements or television commercials about the importance of a bright white smile. If you’re familiar with this blog platform, you’ve read about the in-office teeth whitening services we offer. And even if you have somehow emerged unscathed by the above, you have likely looked at your teeth and noticed they look more like the color of corn than cotton. In this blog, we will examine teeth whitening trends and offer our advice.Continue reading “What Stains Teeth?￼￼”
Gum Recession: What you need to know
Healthy gums protect your teeth from periodontal disease and prevent tooth sensitivity. If you take care of your gums, you’ll have a lot to smile about! The most effective way to protect your gum tissue is by thoroughly and regularly brushing and flossing and seeing your dentist for regular checkups and cleaning. When teeth are healthy, gum tissue fits snuggly around each tooth, almost like a cuff. When gums start to recede, they pull away from the tooth. This is not just unsightly but can lead to serious dental problems.Continue reading “When Good Gums Go Bad￼”
October is National Dental Hygiene Month. A celebration stressing the importance of dental care, the campaign also honors professional hygienists. Their inner strength, dedication and endurance over the past year and a half has earned recognition. After all, they treat patients while simultaneously combatting COVID-19.Continue reading “Happy National Dental Hygiene Month“
As September winds down, allow us to wish you Happy Oral Health Month! September is the perfect time to focus on your dental routine. For our part, we would like to address two of the world’s most common health problems which affect the mouth – cavities (dental caries) and gum disease.Continue reading “National Oral Health Month”
In many ways, raising healthy children today challenges parent more than it did decades ago. While most parents realize they should call the doctor when their offspring is ill or due for childhood immunizations, many parents fail to appreciate the role good oral health plays in the overall health and well-being of their children. This blog post addresses the importance of excellent dental services for kids. Good oral health plays a significant role in raising a child whose teeth and gums are as healthy as possible. And a child who takes care of their teeth will grow into an adult who does the same.Continue reading “Dental Services for Glendora Kids ￼”
The American Academy of Oral Medicine announced that September is National Dental Infection Control Awareness Month. So defined by the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP), the second annual campaign reaffirms and promotes the dental community’s commitment to infection control. The easiest way to implement safety measures is by adopting the CDC’s Summary and Checklist to support infection control coordinators:
The goals of Dental Infection Control Awareness Month include:
- Support the adoption of the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)’s infection prevention checklist.
- Champion the role of the infection control coordinator.
- Promote patient safety and build patients’ trust in infection control compliance.
Continue reading “Happy National Healthy Aging Month!”
According to Delta Dental, September is National Healthy Aging Month. In honor of the annual campaign, we wanted to focus this blog on how to take care of your teeth as you age. Unfortunately, as with the rest of the body, the mouth, teeth, tongue, and gums deteriorate with age. Fortunately, however, you can take proactive steps to ward off the effects of aging. In fact, with the right approach, your oral health at age 70 could best someone who is in their 20s.
In honor of National Breastfeeding Month, we want to devote this week’s blog post to discussing pregnancy and dental care. Most mothers intuitively understand they need to take care of their teeth. However, confusion plagues many expectant mothers. They wonder if dental care poses risks to the developing fetus. Expectant people also wonder if visiting the dentist during a pandemic could expose them and their unborn children to COVID-19. Rest assured; if you visit Dr. Fred Wong and the staff at Blue Ocean Dentistry, you and your unborn baby will be safe.Continue reading “Dental Care & Pregnancy”
In 2020, Covid-19 scared millions of patients into cancelling scheduled appointments to the dentist. This is unfortunate, since regular dental care and checkups are necessary for a bright smile as well as overall health. What’s more, research points to links between good oral hygiene and a reduced risk of disease. In honor of National Smile Month, we want to take this opportunity to remind you to schedule a checkup and dental cleaning. We would love to help you stay healthy by taking care of your teeth!Continue reading “Happy National Smile Month”
The tongue is one of the most important muscles in the body. (That’s right – it is a muscular organ!) Well supplied with blood and boasting a plethora of nerves, the tongue is covered with a layer of dense connective tissue. Tiny bumps called papillae give the tongue its rough texture. And thousands of taste buds cover the surface of the papillae.Continue reading “Tip of the Tongue”
Oral cancer is any cancer that develops in the lips, gums, tongue, inner lining of the cheeks, roof of the mouth and floor of the mouth (under the tongue). Also related, mouth cancer is one of several types of cancers which are grouped into a category called head and neck cancers. This year, doctors and dentists will diagnose an estimated 54,010 adults (38,800 men and 15,210 women) in the United States with oral cancer.
Oral health includes the teeth, gums, and the oral-facial system. These work together to allow us to smile, speak, and chew. Unfortunately, some common diseases negatively impact oral health. The Mayo Clinic reports the following conditions directly affect the mouth and teeth:Continue reading “Diseases Which Affect the Mouth”
The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) recently revealed research which links cases of arthritis to dental amalgam fillings. Dentists used to routinely use silver-colored fillings. However, even today, 50% of dentists still use mercury in the United States. Amalgam fillings are most often used now in areas servicing financially disadvantaged children and adults. The reason for this is because amalgam fillings cost less than their composite counterparts.Continue reading “Amalgam Fillings Side Effects”
Without healthy gums, your teeth lack structural integrity. For that reason, allow us to take this opportunity to share how you should take care of this important and all-too-often neglected part of the mouth. Unfortunately, people often experience gum disease without pain. The reason this is problematic is because, unless you’re regularly visiting the dentist and conscientiously flossing and brushing your teeth, you may go for a long period of time before discovering the issue. And the longer gums go neglected, the more serious the underlying problem can become.Continue reading “Dental Gum Care”
Go Calcium—for Teeth!
Each June, the Dairy Council sponsors National Dairy Month. A month-long celebration of all things dairy, the campaign calls attention to the many contributions the dairy industry makes to the American health and economy. As a dental office, we would like to extend that sentiment to include everything that dairy products do to help build strong bones and healthy teeth!
Dairy products contribute to our health in several ways:Continue reading “Happy National Dairy Month”
To encourage lifetimes and generations of healthy smiles, the American Dental Association (ADA) and Colgate are collaborating in June to celebrate Oral Health Month. The campaign theme is: Share More Time, Share More Smiles. The celebration is aimed at educating Hispanic families about the importance of proper oral care. Dentists across America (including those us at Blue Ocean Dentistry) also encourage the public to share photos on social media to benefit the ADA Foundation’s Give Kids A Smile program.
The campaign’s theme, “Lead by Example,” speaks to parents, since they influence the health and wellness of their families. The campaign also communicates that an effective way to teach children good oral care habits is by modeling.
Each June, since 1994, Men’s Health Month focuses on improving the lifestyles of men. While several approaches improve overall health, diet and exercise remain the most important targets of change. In honor of the campaign, encourage the men in your life to get regular medical and dental checkups. They should also take steps to learn about the risks for their ages, ethnicities, and lifestyles.Continue reading “National Men’s Health Month”
Believe it or not, the term “wisdom teeth” (aka third molars) has nothing to do with knowledge or intelligence. Instead, the term refers to the fact that they emerge much later than baby teeth. If they erupt at all, they usually do so around age 18. Eruption may be straight, crooked, or impacted. But even molars that come in straight often need to be extracted. Extraction solves problems such as lack of space as well as the inability of many to keep them cleaned and maintained, since they are difficult to reach.
May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. We call attention to it here; since people tend to neglect self-care when they experience mental illness. Medical professionals use the month to reaffirm commitment to understanding mental illness and urge people to access treatment and reassure anyone who is struggling to know that they are not alone. Unfortunately, although much is known about physical health, mental health is often misunderstood. The 2021 May theme is Tools 2 Thrive. As the leading Glendora dental office, we strive to provide care for people, no matter where they are in their physical and emotional health.Continue reading “Mental & Dental Health”
May is Root Canal Awareness Month
The American Association of Endodontics declares May as Save Your Tooth Month. Previously known as Root Canal Awareness Month, the annual campaign is designed to call attention to the importance of saving natural teeth. Despite the fact most people see each other in the real-world wearing masks that cover their pearly whites, dental health remains of paramount importance. What’s more, when you’re on Zoom, your smile is on display for all the all the virtual world to see.Continue reading “Happy Save Your Tooth Month”
National Dental Health Month is held each May, to call attention to dental care. The campaign celebrates preventative care, as an important tool for optimal oral health. In the early 20th century, a few progressive dentists are credited for having promoted the idea of preventative care. Their work help transformed the health of the nation over the next 100 years. First implemented in public schools, regular oral hygiene and patient education have been shown to significantly reduce tooth decay and mouth disease.Continue reading “Happy National Dental Health Month!”
Since April is National Alcohol Awareness Month, allow us to focus this blog post on the relationship between alcohol on teeth. Sponsored by the National Council for Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), Alcohol Awareness Month is designed to increase awareness and understanding about the causes and treatment of the nation’s top public health problem: alcoholism. The theme for 2021 is “Changing Attitudes: It’s not a ‘rite of passage.’” The target audience is youth and their parents.Continue reading “What Alcohol Does to Your Teeth”
Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month was instituted in April 1997 to commemorate the birth month of Dr. James Parkinson, the first man to formally identify the disease in 1817. His piece, An Essay on the Shaking Palsy, remains one of the defining studies on the chronic, progressive condition that affects 7-10 million people, worldwide. The disease can be attributed to a variety of genetic, environmental, and age-related factors. This year’s campaign theme is #KeyToPD, which stresses that awareness is key toward working on a world without Parkinson’s disease.Continue reading “Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month”
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.Continue reading “Autism Awareness & Dental Care”
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.Continue reading “All About Floss”
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.Continue reading “Oral Cancer Awareness Month”
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.
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:
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 post. Every 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.Continue reading “American Heart Month: The Dental Connection”
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.Continue reading “How to Pick a Toothbrush”
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!
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:Continue reading “Glendora Fluoride Treatments”
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.Continue reading “Dental Anxiety”
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.Continue reading “Toothaches: The Problem with Pain”
The Root of the Problem
People often joke about miserable life events by comparing them to root canals. At Blue Ocean Dentistry, we think root canals have got a bad rap. So, we want to set the record straight. Because even though they may not make it to the top of your Bucket List, they eliminate pain in the mouth and can help extend the life of problem teeth. What’s more, if you choose Dr. Fred Wong in Glendora as your dentist, you may be surprised at just how uneventful and effective a root canal can be!Continue reading “Glendora Root Canal”
How to avoid cracking your teeth
Have you ever heard a tooth crack inside your mouth? Unless you’ve chipped or broken a tooth, you may not be familiar with the terrifying sound. But take our word for it; few other things strike more terror than the unnerving snap of a canine, incisor, pre-molar or molar. In this blog post, we examine tooth structure and offer suggestions for avoiding some foods and activities that could introduce you to the unsettling noise and other associated broken-tooth horrors.Continue reading “Don’t Crack Up”
Usually, the holiday season means parties, shopping and family get-togethers. And all of these can lead to stress. And stress can be detrimental to your health—even the inside your mouth! This year, most stress is associated with worries relative to COVID-19 quarantines and lock downs. To protect your teeth throughout the rest of 2020 and beyond, work to remove stressors from your daily life…whatever their source!Continue reading “Holiday Stress and Your Teeth”
Encourage your children to adopt good dental habits early in their lives. Doing so is not just a healthy decision for them, but can also be financially beneficial to you. Proper dental care and checkups could reduce the need for more expensive dental procedures further down the line.Continue reading “Dental Care Tips for Kids”
Dr. Fred Wong earned a B.S. in Psychobiology and became a Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1988. Shortly thereafter, he joined a practice with several other dental care professionals. It didn’t take long for office staff to recognize his talent relative to numbing patients. As a result, he started treating every difficult case. Now the owner of his own practice, to this day, Dr. Wong expertly numbs patients using several tried-and-true methods.Continue reading “Sedation Dentistry”
No one sets out planning to wear dentures. While we are all aware they exist and that they perform a necessary function, we think they are for “old people who didn’t take care of their teeth.” But that isn’t always the case. To clear up common misconceptions, we wanted to devote this blog post to what some consider the wicked stepchildren of the dental world. But while other procedures such as full mouth reconstruction and dental implants are preferable, they are not always practical or even possible.Continue reading “All About Dentures”
Rise of Cosmetic Dentistry
Before King Louis the 14th, people let their teeth rot until they fell out of their gums or went to the dentist to have them pulled but not replaced. But because Louis was plagued by dental problems his entire life and because he placed such a premium on appearance, French society took notice, still opting for extraction but willingly investing in attractive false teeth. Born with two teeth already in his mouth, Louis’ teeth were eventually pulled. As a result, he suffered large maxillary bone defect, which negatively affected his ability to communicate.
Did you know that studies prove that white teeth lead to greater success at home and on the job? Nothing beats a beautiful smile. And when it comes to teeth, white (not yellow) is the desired color. Dr. Wong and the staff at Blue Ocean Dentistry in Glendora offer a host of dental services, all of which give patients a lot to smile about!
White Teeth Matter
- People tend to view job prospects as “more employable” if their teeth are white.
- Study respondents thought that people who had white teeth were younger looking than their yellow-teethed peers.
- More than half of interviewed singles say that teeth are the most important asset in a prospective date.
- Singles agree one of the most important traits for physical attraction is white teeth!
- White teeth give people confidence.
A Variety of Factors Contribute to Yellowing Teeth
- Genetics –While some families appear to lead charmed lives, sporting straight, white teeth…everything they touch turns to gold. Most of us have a less ideal genetic line. Tooth color is genetic. If your family tree has lots of people whose teeth sport more golden tones, go easy on them.
- Lifestyle – Due to certain foods, drinks and lifestyle behaviors, such as smoking, surface stains occur on or beneath the enamel. If left unaddressed, these stains penetrate the enamel and change the color of the dentin, which darkens appearance of the tooth. When this occurs, the tooth discolors. Unfortunately, the only way to reverse this is to whiten the teeth and then avoid the behavior that led to staining.
- Pharmacological – Certain medications can alter the color of teeth. If you take prescription pills, ask your doctor whether side effects could be altering the appearance of your teeth.
Even if you have less than ideal genes, drink coffee, and take prescription medications, there is hope! Dr. Wong and the staff at Blue Ocean Dentistry can help you achieve a white, bright smile.
The Teeth Whitening Process
Dr. Wong and his staff will take an impression of your teeth, to make a specialized mouth guard or stent, which will hold bleaching solution against your teeth. You will load the material into the guard and wear for three to four hours, for one or two weeks. After this initial bleaching-period, you will notice significant whitening. In some cases, the change is nothing short of brilliant.
Another option for tooth whitening is done right in our office. Called Power Bleaching, it starts with the dentist inserts rubber dams to protect your gums. Dr. Wong may also use a white liquid, which further protects sensitive tissue, so the bleaching agent only reacts to the enamel on your teeth. Then, he pours whitening material into the dams, so the active agent bleaches your teeth without harming your gums and sensitive tissue. Sometimes, a light source is used to further activate the bleaching agent. For confidence in your appearance, bleaching technologies allows us to reverse yellowing, aging, and/or stained teeth. For very severely stained teeth, crowns or veneers may be more appropriate. Ask Dr. Wong which method would work best for you.
Note: While you can purchase over-the-counter bleaching agents at drug stores and pharmacies, these products can harm your gums and teeth. To avoid damaging your enamel, use products endorsed by Dr. Wong.
About Dr. Fred Wong of Blue Ocean Dentistry in Glendora, California
Dr. Fred Wong and the staff at Blue Ocean Dentistry use the latest available dental treatments, equipment, and materials – all of which make a marked difference in our patients’ experiences. We are committed to helping our patients achieve optimal dental health. We creatively combine dental science and artistry — which can literally redesign your smile. Since even a subtle change in your smile will help you to project self-confidence and high self-esteem, we love helping you feel good about yourself. We deliver the finest dental care at the most reasonable cost and accept most dental insurance plans as well as CareCredit. For more about the dental treatment plans we offer or to schedule an appointment, call today (626) 852-6999.
With Halloween right around the corner, it’s time to consider the repercussions of candy on teeth. Even if COVID-19 keeps many Trick-or-Treaters off of suburban streets, grocery store racks are stock full of bags of sugar-laden snacks. Newsweek recently posted the results of a study which shows that most American toddlers eat more than the recommended sugar intake for adults. But sugar tempts people of all ages, not just children and teens:Continue reading “Halloween Sugar & Your Teeth”