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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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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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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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:
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Earlier this month, millions of people celebrated Valentine’s Day with chocolate candy and romantic meals. We discussed the repercussions of a sugar-heavy diet on dental heath in a recent post. Every 40 seconds this month (and every month thereafter), an American will suffer a heart attack. Although these events are seemingly unrelated, the American Heart Association (AHA) contends that lifestyle is the leading contributor to heart disease. In fact, with an average 635,000 heart-related deaths each year, experts name cardiac disease as the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States. To call attention to the prevalence of heart disease in America as well as encourage proactive steps, the federal government first declared February as American Heart Month in 1964. Since heart disease impacts dental health, we wanted to take this opportunity to discuss the importance of taking care of your heart.
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When you were young, your dentist probably gave you a fluoride treatment. As a child, the goo and the tray they inserted into your mouth may have felt unnecessarily messy and uncomfortable. Have you ever wondered whether the treatment did any good? In this blog post, we examine fluoride treatments, which you may be surprised to learn, can be given not just to children but to anyone who has teeth!
In a world filled with sugary temptations, dental decay is common. One way to help prevent cavities from occurring is through the use of fluoride. Fluoride hardens tooth enamel and makes it resistant to tooth decay. In fact, a fluoride treatment can actually stop a small cavity in its tracks or even reverse the decaying process.
Dentists administer fluoride in two different ways:
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If you’re like most of the world, your diet is likely part of your “New Year’s Resolutions.” Might we suggest an addition to the list? Make 2021 the year that you take great care of your teeth! Here are ideas for doing just that!
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Usually, 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! This year, most stress is associated with worries relative to COVID-19 quarantines and lock downs. To protect your teeth throughout the rest of 2020 and beyond, work to remove stressors from your daily life…whatever their source!
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Since the holidays are upon us, you have likely started to search for the perfect gift or stocking stuffer. 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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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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