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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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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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. 

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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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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Amalgam Fillings Side Effects

The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) recently revealed research which links cases of arthritis to dental amalgam fillings. Dentists used to routinely use silver-colored fillings. However, even today, 50% of dentists still use mercury in the United States. Amalgam fillings are most often used now in areas servicing financially disadvantaged children and adults. The reason for this is because amalgam fillings cost less than their composite counterparts. 

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What Is Plaque and How to Prevent It?

A healthy mouth may not require a perfect set of teeth. But a mouth free from plaque perfectly positions you for a happy and healthy smile. Plaque is one of the leading causes of tooth decay. The good news is that you can prevent it from wreaking havoc on your teeth. 

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