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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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