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When Good Gums Go Bad

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.   

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Happy National Dental Hygiene Month

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. 

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National Oral Health 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. 

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Dental Services for Glendora Kids 

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. 

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National Dental Infection Control Awareness Month 

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:

  1. Support the adoption of the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)’s infection prevention checklist.
  2. Champion the role of the infection control coordinator.
  3. Promote patient safety and build patients’ trust in infection control compliance. 
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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. 

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Dental Care & Pregnancy

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.  

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Happy National Smile Month

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! 

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Tip of the Tongue

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. 

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Oral Cancer: What You Need to Know

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.  

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Diseases Which Affect the Mouth

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: 

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Amalgam Fillings Side Effects

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. 

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Dental Gum Care

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. 

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Happy National Dairy Month

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:

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Happy Oral Health 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.

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National Men’s Health Month

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. 

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All About Wisdom Teeth

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.  

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Mental & Dental Health

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. 

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Happy Save Your Tooth Month

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. 

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Happy National Dental Health 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.

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What Alcohol Does to Your Teeth

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. 

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Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month

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. 

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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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Glendora Root Canal

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! 

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Don’t Crack Up

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. 

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Healthy Resolutions

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 2021 your healthiest year ever:

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Holiday Stress and Your Teeth

Coronavirus Stress

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! 

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Dental Care Tips for Kids

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. 

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Dental-Related Holiday Gifts

Since the holidays are upon us, you have likely started to search for the perfect gift or stocking stuffer. 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!   

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Sedation Dentistry

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.

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All About Dentures

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. 

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All About Dental Implants

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.

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A Brighter Smile: Teeth Whitening

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

  1. People tend to view job prospects as “more employable” if their teeth are white. 
  2. Study respondents thought that people who had white teeth were younger looking than their yellow-teethed peers. 
  3. More than half of interviewed singles say that teeth are the most important asset in a prospective date. 
  4. Singles agree one of the most important traits for physical attraction is white teeth
  5. 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. 

Power Bleaching

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. 

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Halloween Sugar & Your Teeth

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: 

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Jaw Pain & TMJ Dysfunction

Do you wake up in the morning with headaches and a sore jaw?

Do your ears ache? 
Do you sometimes hear “popping sounds” in your ears at time of opening and closing your jaw?

Does your jaw lock or stay on one side or both sides when you open your mouth?

Does your jaw make a clicking sound when you yawn or eat?

Do you have difficulty opening your mouth? 

Do you have ear ringing symptom?

Do you suffer from neck and shoulder ache?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you could have Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction, known as  TMJ. Aches and pains in the jaw can be caused by a variety of reasons. But one of the more common causes is TMD. To find out the source of your discomfort, see your dentist, Dr Fred Wong in Glendora. He will assess your symptoms, examine your mouth, possibly take x-rays, possibly take impression of your teeth and bite, and compile a case history to determine the source of your pain and discomfort. Since evaluation is a critical part of diagnosis for TMD.

What is TMJ? 

Your Temporomandibular Joint (called TMJ)  is a hinge which connects your lower jaw to the temporal bones of your skull, in front of each ear. The joints work together to enable you to move your jaw up and down and side to side, so you can talk, chew, swallow, and yawn. The structures which work together include muscles, ligaments, the upper jaw bone and the mandible (lower jaw), along with two joints (which are the TMJs). Although people say they “have TMJ”, they mean to say they have TMJ Dysfunction or TMD (Temporomandibular Disorder), since the TMJ is an integral part of jaw structure.

TMD occurs when the joints, ligaments and muscles used for chewing and grinding food experience problems due to arthritis, dislocation, jaw malformation or injury to the condyle. These conditions cause pain whenever the muscles move, especially with repetitive motion. 

TMD Treatments

Treatment for TMJ Dysfunction varies depending on severity of symptoms relative to quality of life. You could have TMD yet function well despite the condition. On the other hand, some patients experience severe pain and debilitating, associated symptoms due to TMD. 

Common Courses of Action to Treat TMD: 

  • Use moist heat or cold packs could relieve symptoms. Apply an ice pack to the side of your face and temple area for about 10 minutes five times a day or more. If that doesn’t work, try using a moist heating pad at the site of pain. Be careful not to burn yourself. Don’t sleep with a heating pad. 
  • Stick with soft foods. Don’t eat anything chewy, such as bagels or chewy candy. 
  • Avoid chewing gum, chewing on ice, hard nuts, or bagels; whistling, grinding your teeth (we will cover this in an upcoming blog post.) 
  • Try jaw mobility exercises. These strengthen jaw muscles, stretch and relax the jaw, increase mobility, reduce jaw clicking and promote jaw healing (sometimes your chiropractor can help you and teach you that ) 
  • You could be referred to a myofascial specialist.
  • Your dentist could prescribe medications or you could take over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like naproxen or ibuprofen, which can relieve muscle pain and swelling.
  • Use a splint. Dr. Wong may recommend a splint, which you would wear while you sleep. There are several kinds of splints (hard/soft /thick/thin) depends on your needs and your symptoms.
  • Give acupuncture a go. 
  • Apply for injections dermal filler (like Botox). Your insurance may not cover these.  
  • There is no one reason for having TMD, most of the time is multifactorial sometimes an orthodontist can help you by fixing your bite with braces.
  • Inform your dentist of your past history of TMD and possible need to do many appointment for certain procedures as to minimize the time of jaw opening.

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. 

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The Diabetes-Dental Connection

The Diabetes-Dental Work Connection: What you need to know

HealthDay Reporter Robert Preidt wrote in a recent issue of US News & World Report, that many adults with diabetes fail to see the dentist enough, which he notes is bad, since diabetic patients face increased risk of gum disease compared to healthier peers:

“Investigators analyzed data from just over 2.5 million American adults who took part in an annual federal government health survey. The survey results showed that people with diabetes or prediabetes were least likely to visit the dentist. The study included about 248,000 diabetics, 30,500 people with prediabetes and over 2.2 million without diabetes.”

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Gum Recession: Bone Grafts

When Good Gums Go Bad

As discussed in a recent blog post, 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.   

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How to Eliminate Halitosis: The Scoop About Bad Breath

As we all go about our daily lives, wearing masks for COVID-19 protection, many of us have realized we struggle with bad breath. Have you ever wondered how to tackle halitosis? Bad breath results from diet, health problems, and/or poor dental hygiene. 

How Food Affects Breath

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What Is Plaque and How to Prevent It?

A healthy mouth may not require a perfect set of teeth. But a mouth free from plaque perfectly positions you for a happy and healthy smile. Plaque is one of the leading causes of tooth decay. The good news is that you can prevent it from wreaking havoc on your teeth. 

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Why it’s safe to return to the dentist during the pandemic

COVID-19 appears to have added another reason some people continue to avoid going to the dentist. However, dental practices, such as Blue Ocean Dentistry, have always exercised the highest standards of hygiene and dental safety. Dentists and dental hygienists and assistants thoroughly wash our hands often. We also wear clean sterile gloves for each patient and procedure. And we sterilize all tools between patients. Also, we safely dispose of needles and other gear after each use. 

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