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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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Healthy Gums

Healthy Gums

A healthy mouth does not just consist of healthy teeth. The gums are the supporting tissue that keeps your teeth in place, and they need to be kept healthy too. Gum disease is usually painless, and you might not even realize that there is something wrong until you visit your dentist for your regular dental check-up. 

What Causes Gum Disease? 

Plaque is the main culprit here. As it builds up along the gumline the bacteria in plaque causes infections. If the symptoms are left untreated early the gums and teeth start to suffer. Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease and the gums become tender, red, and swollen. They may also be inflamed and may bleed. 

Is Gum Disease Serious? 

At its early stages, gingivitis does not impact gum tissue or teeth, and the condition can be reversed. 

Periodontitis is advanced gingivitis and it affects the teeth, gums, and surrounding tissues. Often, the tissues that hold the teeth in place are so severely damaged and your teeth may feel loose. Additionally, your bite may be impacted, and some of your teeth may have to be removed. 

Preventing Gum Disease

Good oral health is important, and the best way to ensure it is to have two professional dental cleans annually. However, be on the lookout for any of the symptoms of gum disease and see your dentist sooner if your gums are swollen, red, tender, or prone to bleeding. Other symptoms to look out for are bad breath, a bad taste in the mouth, permanent teeth that are loose or separating, and gums that are pulling away from the teeth. 

You can prevent gum disease if you follow a good dental routine. This includes: 

  • Flossing

Plaque is more effectively removed by flossing your teeth at least once a day. Floss can reach where your toothbrush can’t, and it removes plaque from between the teeth. Any time will do, but at night, before bedtime, is the best. 

  • Regular and Proper Brushing

You should brush your teeth after every meal. If you can’t, then twice a day will suffice to remove food and plaque from the teeth and gums. Always prefer a toothbrush with soft bristles and electric or battery-powered ones are preferable. 

Remember, your tongue also has bacteria, and you should also brush it every time you brush your teeth. Electric toothbrushes are more effective at removing plaque. Change your toothbrush as soon as it starts to fray, usually every three months. 

Brush your teeth at a 45-degree angle to the gums, using short strokes and pressing gently. The insides of the front teeth must be cleaned with several short strokes, holding the brush vertically. 

  • Fluoride Toothpaste

The color and flavor of the toothpaste you prefer don’t matter if it contains fluoride and is approved by the ADA. 

  • Mouthwash

The best types of mouthwash are those with therapeutic benefits and are ADA approved. A good mouthwash will help prevent gum disease, reduce plaque and tartar build-up, and will remove food particles from between the teeth. Mouthwash does not substitute flossing and brushing. 

  • Smoking and Diet in Gum Disease

If you smoke or use other tobacco products, you are more susceptible to gum disease because they weaken the immune system. 

Certain foods and beverages also affect the health of your teeth and gums. Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and also dairy products. Black and green teas kill bacteria, and water contains fluoride so you should drink plenty of these. Fluoride is also found in seafood and some poultry. Avoid drinking sweet carbonated drinks, alcohol, sticky candy, and starchy foods. 

  • Professional Oral Care

Blue Ocean Dentistry in Glendora, California, offers you professional care for your teeth and gums. Make an appointment to have your teeth cleaned twice a year to remove plaque, tartar, and stains. Your dental hygienist will also be able to pick up any problems sooner rather than later, making gum disease easier to treat. 

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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Is Cosmetic Dentistry for You?

Although many people wouldn’t count visiting the dentist among their most favorite activities, there is nothing nicer than feeling confident enough to smile. And a brilliant smile requires not just regular flossing and brushing but frequent visits to a dentist, for professional treatment of teeth and gums.  Unsightly dental flaws can negatively impact dental confidence. If the flaws you perceive about your teeth make you afraid to smile, cosmetic dentistry might be right for you. At Blue Ocean Dentistry, we aim to change your opinion about dentistry. We don’t want you to dread visiting the dentist. We want you to look forward to your preventative dental cleanings, which are designed to help keep you out of the procedure chair. 

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What Does a Dental Assistant Do?

The role of a dental assistant (DA) is very important in every dental practice. In addition to providing patients with high-quality care, DAs offer invaluable assistance to the dentists they assist. 

At Blue Ocean Dentistry in Glendora, dental assistants assist Dr. Fred Wong with instruments and supplies during various dental procedures. They also need to have a good nature when it comes to interacting with patients. This is especially true during COVID-19, when people share concerns about their safety during procedures. They also need to be very organized in record keeping and general office duties. 

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Crowns: Dr. Fred Wong Crowns Patients Like Royalty

As a full-service dentist whose office is in Glendora, Dr. Fred Wong, of Blue Ocean Dentistry, offers a wide variety of services. By doing a full exam and taking X-rays, when appropriate, Dr. Wong and his staff will determine how to get to the root of your dental problems, whether you are missing teeth, experience oral and/or jaw pain or if you aren’t happy with your smile. One of the dozens of services the Blue Ocean Dentistry team provides are dental crowns and bridges.  

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All About Implants

The 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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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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Different Types of Dental Cleaning

New patients of Dr. Fred Wong’s Glendora dental practice might be surprised by recommendations given to them regarding dental cleaning. At some dental offices, dental cleaning appointments are all created equal. But, at Blue Ocean Dentistry, during your initial exam, we may determine your dental health requires more frequent or even deeper cleaning than what other dentists and dental hygienists provide. For instance, you may need root planing or other periodontal measures in addition to a routine clean. On the other hand, if you floss and brush and carefully pursue preventative procedures, your teeth may require less intense dental intervention.

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Blue Ocean Dentistry in Glendora, California

Dr. Fred Wong and the staff at Blue Ocean Dentistry serve patients in and around their Glendora, California dental office. Located at 408 West Baseline Rd, Blue Ocean Dentistry is open Monday & Tuesday 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Thursday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Friday 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The office is closed on Saturday and Sundays, except by appointment. To confirm these hours during the COVID-19 pandemic, please call our office (626) 852-6999.

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