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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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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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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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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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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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: 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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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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