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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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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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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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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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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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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