Tips to Help With Flossing

What do you know about flossing? You probably understand that it’s important, but do you know why? Similarly, did you know that flossing can protect more than just your teeth? You see, if you don’t floss adequately, you could actually be putting yourself at serious risks—including heart disease, high blood pressure, and respiratory issues.

You see, flossing cleans your gum line. In reality, there is not better—or safer—method available or cleaning your gum line. Sadly, if your gum line isn’t cleaned adequately, your gums may become inflamed and you may have to cope with gum disease, erosion of your gum line, damage to your jaw bone, and even tooth loss. However, that isn’t all you could have to worry about. In fact, if you have gum disease, you may experience serious health issues such as heart disease, respiratory problems, dementia, or even cancer.

Fortunately, proper flossing isn’t complicated. However, there may be a few things you can improve on. For instance, did you know that you should use about 18 inches of floss? This allows you to have a clean piece of floss to use between every tooth. Similarly, had you heard that you should scrape gently under the gum line to remove plaque and food debris that could lead to health issues?

Finally, please remember to be gently with your teeth. Brushing and flossing too hard can actually damage your gums and lead to a different set of complications.

If you have any question or concerns about the kind of floss you should use or would like to review your technique, please don’t hesitate to contact Newport Healthy Smiles at 949-642-9928. Dr. Johnny Wong and out team will be happy to answer any questions you have.

Enhancing Your Smile with Dental Veneers

Have you ever thought about using dental veneers to enhance your smile? Dental veneers are thin-as-wafer shells which are custom made to cover the front portion of the teeth to correct your smile. At Newport Healthy Smiles, the practice of Dr. Wong and Dr. Ling, we are pleased to offer dental veneers for our patients in Newport Beach, California and the surrounding areas. You may be a good candidate for dental veneers if you have any of the following:

— If your teeth are discolored, whether from stains on the tooth’s surface from taking certain medications, having a root canal, too much fluoride (fluorosis), or large fillings that have darkened the tooth

— If your teeth are worn down

— If your teeth are chipped

— If your teeth are misaligned or have a disfiguring shape

— If your teeth have gaps between them

At Newport Healthy Smiles, our dental veneers are compatible with gum tissue and resist staining, all while bonded to the front of your teeth to mimic the color and translucence of tooth enamel. Veneers can make the tooth appear whiter than it was originally, and have the added benefit of changing a tooth’s color and shape without invasive treatment. And finally, veneers can last anywhere from 5-10 years. Best of all, there is no special care required to maintain your veneers. You simply care for them as you do your natural teeth–with careful, diligent brushing, flossing, and rinsing with a mouthwash, as needed.

Dr. Wong and Dr. Ling and our team in Newport Beach, California, are happy to enhance your smile with our dental veneers. If you would like more information, or to schedule a visit, we invite you to call our dedicated team at 949-642-9928 today!

Oral Cancer? Our Dentist can Help!

As you know, the thought of dealing with cancer is a frightening one. Sadly, as you probably know, individuals who are diagnosed with cancer are more likely to beat the disease when it’s caught early. This is also true when it comes to oral cancer. Fortunately, if you are careful and observant, there are a few things you can do to identify cancer—and a few things you can do to reduce your risk of getting cancer.

Similarly, some people are more likely to deal with cancer than others. Some of the common issues related with cancer are avoidable, while others simply are not, For example, men are more likely to be diagnosed with cancer than woman. Similarly, the odds of having cancer increase after the age of 44. In these instances, there is little you can do. Conversely, habits such as drinking alcohol and smoking increase an individual’s chances of having cancer. Similarly, exposure to sunlight and your diet can affect your odds of dealing with this disease.

There are a few signs and symptoms you can watch for. For example, a sore throat that never seems to go away, or discoloration in your mouth could be a sign. Also, please be aware of numbness in your mouth and lips and of any abnormal lumps that form in these same areas. If you feel you teeth shifting, or your bite changing for no apparent reason, you could have oral cancer. Still, having these symptoms doesn’t mean that you cancer, so please don’t panic.

If you have any of these symptoms at all please contact our dedicated dentist, Dr. Johnny Wong. If you would like to learn more about oral cancer or are interested in scheduling an appointment without team, please feel free to contact Newport Healthy Smiles at 949-642-9928.

Caring for Your New Crown

Dr. Wong and Dr. Ling have recently placed a temporary crown over your tooth to restore its shape, size, strength, and appearance. The permanent crown is still being custom made for your smile and is not ready for placement. You will wear the temporary crown for about two weeks. Our dentists recommend that you give your temporary crown a little bit of extra care and precaution to protect it.

Try to chew on the side of your mouth with the temporary crown as little as possible. Shift most of your chewing to the other side of your mouth. Steer clear of chewing hard foods, like raw vegetables, that could dislodge or damage your crown. Try to avoid chewy, sticky foods like chewing gum that may grab at and pull off your temporary crown. When you floss your teeth, take extra care around the temporary crown. Instead of lifting the floss out as you normally would, slide the floss out the side. This will avoid the risk of pulling off your temporary crown.

Once your permanent crown is in place, it will not need any special care. However, it is important to remember that your crowned tooth is not immune to decay or gum disease. Continue to brush and floss as you should.

We invite you to contact Newport Healthy Smiles today to learn more about caring for your dental crown and to schedule your next visit with our dentists in Newport Beach, California. We look forward to serving you and your smile!

How Your Salivary Glands Help Your Smile

Most people want a beautiful, healthy smile, and work hard to maintain healthy teeth and gums. This means brushing twice a day, for two minutes, and flossing those pearly whites at least once every day. In addition, they maintain regular dental cleanings to remove the hardened plaque off. But another important aspect of a healthy mouth is proper saliva production, which travels through tubes known as salivary ducts made in the salivary glands. So why is saliva production so important?

What Saliva Does for You

–Saliva helps your mouth remain moist and comfortable.

–Saliva helps you chew and taste your food, as well as swallow.

–Saliva helps prevent cavities and gum disease.

–Saliva keeps dentures in place without sliding around.

–Saliva fights the germs in your mouth, which in turn makes your breath smell better.

–Saliva protects your tooth enamel with its proteins and minerals.

If you don’t produce enough saliva you can suffer from dry mouth. When this happens, the tissues in the mouth can swell and you can feel discomfort. In a dry environment, germs will proliferate and make the breath smell. You can also be more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease.

To maintain healthy saliva production and your healthy smile, be sure to stay hydrated by drinking lots of water, avoid diuretics (coffee, tea, alcohol) and chew sugarless gum or suck on sugarless candy which stimulates the saliva glands. Make sure to take care of your teeth with good oral hygiene, and see your dentist every six months. To schedule your next cleaning with Dr. Wong or Dr. Ling, please call our Newport Healthy Smiles team in Newport Beach, California at 949-642-9928 today!