Your Teeth & Holiday Stress

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! So, in this blog post, we suggest ways to keep holiday stress to a minimum, for the good of your life as well as your teeth!

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Mouth Cancer Awareness Month

November is National Mouth Cancer Awareness Month. Mouth cancer is any type of cancer which develops in the lips, gums, tongue, inner lining of the cheeks, roof of the mouth and floor of the mouth (under the tongue). Mouth cancer is one of several types of cancers 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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Thanksgiving & Dental Health

Thanksgiving is a time of sharing, giving thanks, and spending precious time with family. Sadly, the holiday season can also pose some serious dental issues for those of us who don’t take good care of our teeth. Still, there are several steps you can take to ensure that your teeth stay healthy during Thanksgiving—and beyond!

Thanksgiving is a time of sharing, giving thanks, and spending precious time with family.

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Jaw Pain & TMJ Dysfunction

November is TMJ Awareness Month. TMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction.

What is 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.

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.

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Happy National Brush Day (November 1, 2022)

November 1st is National Brush Day! What a great excuse to discuss toothbrushes and tooth care, in general, from when you should switch them out to how you can make your teeth healthier.

The Correct Way to Brush your Teeth

Brushing your teeth is an important part of dental hygiene. The American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes, using soft bristles that reach the back of your mouth. Also, be sure to brush every surface of each tooth and make sure you’re not missing any spots when you’re cleaning! For added protection against cavities and other dental issues, use a fluoride-based toothpaste as well.

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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. 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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Scare Away Tooth Decay this Halloween

Cavities result from tooth decay. What is tooth decay? It reflects damage to the enamel surface on teeth. Bacteria fills our mouths – both good and bad. The bacteria contribute to tooth decay when it binds with food particles to create a sticky layer called plaque. The bacterium in plaque turns the sugars and starches you eat into acids in your mouth. These acids eat away at your enamel. Plaque contributes to tooth decay and leads to gum irritation and disease. What’s more, if left untreated, tooth decay causes pain, infection, and tooth loss. So, with Halloween (and loads of sugar) right around the corner, how can you take care of your teeth?

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Happy National Dental Hygiene Month

October is National Dental Hygiene Month! The fact this month is the time of year when children parade door-to-door, asking for sugary sweets may or may not be related. But either way, it is a great time to focus on dental hygiene. This is the time of the year where we celebrate the work dental hygienists do, and we help raise awareness on the importance of good oral health. We encourage our pediatric dental patients to focus on these daily four routines to maintain a healthy smile: Brush Twice a Day, Floss Daily, Rinse With Mouthwash and Chew Sugar-Free Gum.

The Top Five Issues Dental Hygienists Address:

  • Caries (cavities)
  • General Oral Care
  • Inflammation
  • Periodontal Disease
  • Teeth Whitening

The hygienists at Blue Ocean Dentistry provide these top services to our patients:

Fun Facts about Dental Hygiene  

  • Dental Hygiene Assessment
  • Fluoride Treatments
  • Oral Hygiene Education
  • Periodontal Scaling & Root Planing
  • Prophylaxis
  1. The first School of Dental Hygiene in the country opened in 1913. 
  2. Dentists introduced the first bristle toothbrush in 1948. Before that, most people relied on animal hair to clean teeth.
  3. The hardest thing in the body is tooth enamel.
  4. The second most common disease in the United States is tooth decay.
  5. Regular dental cleanings can prevent heart attacks.

Proper Brushing Techniques:

  1. Use the proper angle. 
    Make sure to tilt your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle.
  2. Gently move the toothbrush back and forth. But be careful not to brush too vigorously, as this can damage gums.   
  3. Cover all surfaces of your mouth including inside, outside, top, and bottom.
  4. Don’t forget to brush your tongue. Bacteria lives on your tongue. So, brushing that away will not only help get rid of the bacteria, but will also give you fresher breath!

The Importance of Dental Hygiene Month

National Dental Hygiene Month encourages adults and children to increase awareness about oral health. Regular oral care and routine dental visits are a great way to keep bacteria away and decreases the risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease, and even tooth loss. Another great reason to participate in National Dental Hygiene Month is because it celebrates one of the hardest working professions – dental hygiene. Did you know that there are over 200,000 dental hygienists in the United States who work hard to help keep our mouths happy and healthy? 

About Dr. Fred Wong of Blue Ocean Dentistry in Glendora

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. 


Senior Dental Care

As you age, the one thing that does not change is the importance of taking care of your teeth and gums. In fact, dental care may be even more important as we age.  Here are some educational tips about elderly dental care to help you or your loved ones manage oral health in their Golden Years.

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All About Toothpaste

Long before anyone ever heard of Crest or Colgate, people used basic ingredients to clean their teeth. Cue the toothpaste industry, which came up with millions of different dental applications, all designed with a single purpose – to clean teeth! Of course, the path to today’s plethora of paste preparations is a long and storied one. 

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National Gum Care Month

September is National Gum Care Month. Although most people intuitively understand the importance of taking care of their teeth, few consider the equally critical nature of gum care. Fortunately, National Gum Care Month reminds us to take care of our teeth and gums, which affects the rest of our health.  

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Dental Popcorn Problem

A popular snack since the 1800’s, popcorn is not among the top snacks recommended by most dentists. In fact, some of us go out of our way to avoid consuming the treat, in large part, because we see so many patients who identify popcorn as the cause of their dental pain.

In addition to excess salt, butter, and sugar that can coat it, popcorn can lead to dental damage. You may suspect that the worst thing about eating popcorn is when you unwittingly bite down un-popped kernel. However, the damage caused by the hull (which is the thin shell wrapped around the kernel) wedging between gums and teeth may be worse.

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Pick the Perfect Toothbrush

As you prepare to shop for your new toothbrush, it’s important to know what to look for. With so many options on the market, how do you know which toothbrush to purchase? Toothbrushes come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Some are electric, some are made of plastic, and others feature built-in toothpaste in. There are even toothbrushes with vibrating heads! With so many options on the market, how do you know which toothbrush to purchase?

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Happy National Tooth Fairy Day (August 22nd)

The Tooth Fairy has long been a part of American culture. She represents a way for parents to talk to their kids about losing baby teeth and growing up. August 22 is National Tooth Fairy Day. And while you may not be granted time off to celebrate, don’t forget to mark the occasion if you’ve got children in the home. After all, the Tooth Fairy is a great way to introduce kids to the idea that teeth hold value. And anyone who has paid to have a dental implant or root canal knows this all too well. If you want to keep your teeth, you need to take care of them!  

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Laser Dentistry

Many Americans first learned about lasers by watching episodes of Star Trek. Fast forward 50 years, people rely on these tools for multiple everyday applications. Dentistry is one such area. But what is laser dentistry? If you’ve never heard of this innovative type of dental care, now is the time to learn. A minimally invasive option for procedures such as gum surgery, cavity treatment, and other oral issues, laser is in wide dental use in 2022.

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Medicare & Dental Health

Although most people bristle when their “Welcome Packet” arrives from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), the organization offers several benefits for senior citizens. The only problem is that most seniors these days rebuff the idea that they have entered their Golden Years. Nevertheless, AARP provides tips and tricks that people in a particular age group may benefit by employing. For example, the AARP website lists hints for leveraging Medicare coverage for dental benefits

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Pericoronitis: Problem Wisdom Teeth

Previously, we’ve written blog posts about wisdom teeth. In this post, we drill down on a specific condition which often necessitates the removal of wisdom teeth, pericoronitis. It is a common problem which occurs around a partially impacted lower wisdom tooth. 

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What is a Frenectomy?

The word “Frenectomy,” also known as a frenulectomy, is an oral surgery procedure designed to treat a condition known as lip-tie or tongue-tie. During the procedure, an oral surgeon cuts or modifies the frenum (aka frenulum), which is a band of connective tissue that joins two areas of the mouth. In the mouth, frena (the plural of frenum) joins the lips to the gums or the tongue to the floor of the mouth. People have multiple frena in their mouths. Most of the time, these do not lead to serious issues. However, if a frenum is too short or tight, it can lead to oral health problems. What’s more, it may even negatively impact on speech. Babies may struggle to breastfeed and swallow if the condition is left untreated.

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Bruxism: The Daily Grind

Habitual Grinding of Teeth (aka Bruxism)

Do you grind your teeth? If so, you are not alone. Approximately 50% to 96% of people brux their teeth. What’s more, 15% of kids acquire the behavior. Surprisingly, most people fail to realize they grind their teeth, unless they notice chipping or experience jaw pain. Regardless of the severity of their habit, bruxism can occur during the day or night.

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Happy National Oral Health Month

Each June, dentists across the country celebrate National Oral Health. Sponsored by the American Dental Association (ADA), Oral Health Month reminds us about the importance of good oral hygiene. This includes brushing at least twice daily, flossing, and making regular visits to the dentist. These habits not only keep your mouth healthy but also contribute to better overall health. 

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May is National Dental Care Month

These days, there appears to be celebrations and commemorations for just about everything under the sun, and you wouldn’t be wrong. Humans love to fill up the calendar with unique days of remembrance, but the month of May is a special one for those of us in the dental business. May is National Dental Health Care Month.

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Traumatic Dental Injuries

If you’ve ever witnessed someone falling on their face or getting hit in the mouth with a ball, you have probably winced when you saw the resulting dental damage. Whether a tooth cracks, loosens or completely falls out, the results can be shocking, as well as painful. However, rest assured, at Blue Ocean Dentistry, we are here to help! If you or anyone you love loses a tooth to any type of accident, we have systems in place to handle the situation quickly and efficiently. 

Many dental accidents compromise the inner soft tissues of the tooth, known as the dental pulp. When something injures the pulp, a root canal treatment may be necessary.

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The Best Way to Whiten Teeth

Teeth whitening is all the rage. On social media, billboards, in magazine ads on television shows and movies, people sport teeth that are so white, they glow. But, in truth, teeth are not naturally white. They are closer to a yellow tone. Even so, that does not stop people from wanting the perfect pair of pearly whites. So, if you want to join the white teeth revolution, which of the many methods should you try?  

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Non-SurgicalTreatments for Early Gum Disease

Scaling & Root Planing

Almost 50% of Americans who are 30 years old or older have periodontitis, and of those who are afflicted, nearly 9% face a severe case of the disease. The good news? There is an effective, non-surgical treatment: scaling and root planning.

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Having a Tooth Pulled: Dental Extractions

The thought of having a dentist use a large set of what look like pliers to pry a tooth from your jaw probably doesn’t thrill you. Unfortunately, however, this procedure is sometimes necessary for good oral health. The good news is that if you need to have a tooth pulled, we can make sure the process is as pain-free and effective as possible. Read on to discover the reasons you might find yourself in need of a dental extraction.

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Fluoride: Myths & Facts

You see it everywhere: fluoride added to everything from toothpaste and mouthwash to municipal drinking water. What’s the big deal? Fluoride prevents, and, in some cases, reverses tooth decay and harden tooth enamel. Despite that, several myths about fluoride exist today. Let’s bust some of them to reveal the truth about fluoride.

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April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know that oral cancer kills nearly one person every hour and that, if you are diagnosed with oral cancer, you stand a 40% chance of dying from the disease within five years? April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, and if you have not made oral cancer screening part of your routine dental exam, it is time to start. A big problem with oral cancer is that is often detected late, which makes it that much harder to recover from. The mortality rate for oral cancers is higher than many other cancers, which is even more reason to be routinely screened.

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World Health Day is April 7

World Health Day is 7 April 2021. On the heels of a global pandemic, it’s increasingly important we focus on solutions for a polluted planet, increasing diseases like cancer, asthma, and heart disease. In observance of World Health Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) will focus global attention on urgent actions needed to keep humans and the planet healthy and foster a movement to create societies focused on well-being.   

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Missing Teeth: Implants

Part 3 of a 3-Part Series

Nearly 180 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. Furthermore, 40 million Americans are missing even more than one. As we age, the problem worsens. In fact, 30 percent of adults between the ages of 65-74 years have no natural teeth. Thankfully, in 2022, options abound. Two weeks ago, we began a three-week series examining three solutions to missing teeth. On week one, we covered dentures. The second blog focused on dental bridges. This week, we tackle the final solution to missing teeth – implants.

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Missing Teeth: Dental Bridges

Part 2 of a 3-Part series

The American College of Prosthodontists, reports that nearly 180 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. What’s more, about 40 million Americans are missing even more than one of their pearly whites. Furthermore, as we age, the problem worsens. In fact, 30 percent of adults between 65-74 years old have no natural teeth. The good news? In 2022, options abound. Last week, we started a three-week series which examines three solutions to missing teeth. Last week, we covered dentures. Click here to read that post. This week, we’ll focus on bridges. Then, next week, we will tackle the final solution to missing teeth – implants.

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Missing Teeth: Dentures

Part 1 of a 3-Part Series

According to the American College of Prosthodontists, 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth and about 40 million Americans are missing even more teeth. And as we age, the problem only worsens. In fact, 30 percent of adults between 65-74 years old have no natural teeth. The good news? In 2022, options abound. In this blog post, we’ll examine three solutions, while focusing this week on dentures. Check back over the next two weeks, when we will cover two other ways to handle missing teeth (bridges and implants.)  

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George Washington’s (Wooden?) Teeth

In honor of Presidents’ Day, allow us to devote this week’s blog to one of the most famous mouths in U.S. history — the one belonging to former president George Washington. Born on February 22, 1732, George Washington became the first President of the United States in 1789. One of the things he is most well-known for is that he served as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. Thereafter, George Washington emerged as the unanimous choice to serve as the first President of the United States. Aside from his political career, this famous past president is well known for having “wooden teeth.” But is that fable true? Read on. 

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Happy National Children’s Dental Month

In honor of February as National Children’s Dental Month, allow us to devote this blog post to covering how you should help your children take care of their teeth! For children as well as adults, ongoing dental hygiene and preventative maintenance guarantee a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. A preventive program is a joint cooperative effort between you and our team to preserve your natural teeth, gums, and bones of the oral area by preventing the onset, progress, and recurrence of dental diseases and conditions.

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All About Fluoride

Fluoride Treatments 

Dental decay is a common condition all over the world. One way to help prevent cavities from occurring is by using fluoride. Fluoride helps harden tooth enamel, so it resists tooth decay. To stop a small cavity or even reverse it, fluoride re-mineralizes teeth. Fluoride can be delivered to the teeth in two ways: topically (direct contact on the teeth) and systemically (enters the blood stream).

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All About Dental Floss

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! 

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Dental-Related Christmas or Hanukkah Gifts

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!   

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The Gift of a Holiday Smile

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! 

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Happy National Handwashing Month 

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. 

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Your Teeth During the Holiday Season

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! 

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Happy Thanksgiving: Take care of your teeth! 

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! 

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Take Care of Your Teeth This Holiday Season

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. 

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Top 10 Things That Damage Teeth

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. 

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What Stains Teeth?

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. 

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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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