Joshua Hong, DDS Blog

Why Should I Replace a Missing Back Tooth?

August 19, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — joshuahong @ 3:20 pm
A patient with a missing back tooth

If you lost a front tooth, you’d naturally have a dentist replace it. The resulting gap would hurt your smile’s appearance! On the other hand, you may not feel the same way about a missing back tooth. If and when you experienced the latter, you might even consider leaving the matter alone. However, such an attitude is a mistake. If you don’t seek proper treatment, your tooth problem will only worsen. Read on to learn the risks of a lost back tooth and why switching to a dental implant is better.


Wait, Dental Implants Make You Look Younger?

August 17, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — joshuahong @ 2:13 pm
Enlarged model of dental implants

You might think dental implants are only helpful in a practical sense. Namely, they work as replacement teeth so you can have your usual meals and conversations. However, did you know that implant treatment can reverse the aging process? Over a few short appointments, it can transform your face from elderly to young! As proof, here’s a summary of the ways dental implants can make you look permanently younger.


Why Fluoride in Water is Good for Children’s Dental Health?

February 11, 2020

Filed under: Oral Health — tntadmin @ 1:24 pm

Tooth decay and cavities in children are a nightmare for parents. February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and this year the slogan is ‘Fluoride in water prevents cavities! Get it from the tap!’

Why Fluoride? Fluoride, a chemical ion of fluorine, is one of the top 20 most common naturally occurring elements in the earth’s crust. An ion is a positively or negatively charged atom that helps elements combine. When fluorine, a negatively charged ion, meets a positively charged ion such as sodium, it turns into a cavity-fighter element. 

Hence, fluoride compounds, when present in the mouth, make teeth stronger by preventing cavities and decay. These wonder elements can even reverse tooth decay in the early stages. 

Let’s understand how fluoride prevents cavities and the benefits of consuming tap water with fluoride. 


Teeth Grinding – Symptoms, Causes, Prevention, and Treatment

November 13, 2019

Filed under: Blog,Oral Health — tntadmin @ 6:39 am

What is teeth grinding?

Teeth grinding is a common sleep disorder in which you grind or clench your teeth while sleeping. Also called bruxism, it is most commonly the result of crooked teeth, an abnormal bite, or stress and anxiety. People who grind their teeth regularly may need bruxism treatment since they can experience oral health complications and other sleep disorders including snoring and interrupted breathing.


Everything You Need to Know About Dry Socket Treatment

October 30, 2019

Filed under: Blog — tntadmin @ 11:17 am

Quick Navigation

1. What’s a Dry Socket?
2. How Common is Dry Socket?
3. What Causes Dry Socket?
4. Who Is Likely to Get Dry Socket?
5. What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Dry Socket?
6. What Are the Possible Complications of Dry Socket?
7. What Is the Treatment for Dry Socket?
i) Clinical Treatment
ii) Home Remedies
8. How to Prevent Dry Socket?

When you go to the dentist for a tooth extraction, you prepare yourself to bear a little pain. Having a continuous, numbing pain after you have a tooth extraction isn’t something that you would generally experience, but is somewhat symptomatic of a condition that develops after an extraction, known as Alveolar Osteitis, or in layman’s terms, “dry socket.”


Aging and Oral Health: Everything You Need to Know

August 30, 2019

Filed under: Blog,Oral Health — tntadmin @ 1:05 pm

Most of us tend to overlook the changes that happen in our mouth as we age. However, the risk of dental problems such as gum diseases, teeth discoloration, cavities, teeth loss and even oral cancer can increase manifolds with age. Let’s understand the types of dental issues which become more prevalent as the body ages:


What You Need to Know if Your Jaw is Popping or Clicking?

July 30, 2019

Filed under: Blog,TMJ Treatment — tntadmin @ 9:55 am

Do your hear a clicking sound every time you jaw pops?
Is it often accompanied by sensations of pain?
This might be happening if your jaw is overextending when you open your mouth for yawning or eating.


Step up Your Athletic Game with Dental Implants

June 20, 2019

Filed under: Blog,Dental Implants and Dentures — tntadmin @ 10:54 am

Athletes often have the best bodies, with amazingly fast reflexes and ripping muscles accentuating their bodily achievement. But all the hours of training can take a toll on your teeth in ways you would not realize.
To retain energy throughout the day, athletes often consume large amounts of carbohydrates which mainly contain sugars. They also suffer from dehydration as a result of sports and the lack of saliva has a direct impact on your tooth health.
But not just that, a lot of athletes involved in contact sports are also prone to dental injuries. The American Dental Association published findings that an approximate 13%-39% of all dental injuries result from high impact sports. (Source:
One collision with your competitor and your smile can go from fab to drab in seconds! In such cases, dental implant treatment is your best bet to create a new root system. In this procedure, a titanium screw is fused to your jawbone to anchor a strong lasting root system.


Get a Smile Makeover like Meghan Markle with Porcelain Veneers

June 8, 2019

Filed under: Blog,Cosmetic Dentistry — tntadmin @ 6:27 am

After her royal debut with Prince Harry, Meghan Markle’s transformation has left the world more than impressed. And if you have kept up with the buzz, you would know that it’s her smile makeover that has left people feeling envious. Thousands of people want the smile the new Duchess of Sussex has been flaunting for a while now.
Do you want a smile like a princess but worried about how the cost makes it seem quite impossible? You don’t have to get too many treatments at once. Remember that good oral hygiene is the key to a great smile. But with poor lifestyle habits, your teeth can develop stains, may look crooked, or have gaps that could make you feel conscious about yourself at all times.
Cosmetic dentistry aims at helping people regain their self-confidence with the help of veneers, crowns, bonding, and periodontal surgery. Depending on your teeth’s current condition, your dentist will recommend the best smile treatment to you. Here’s a deeper dive into what helped Meghan Markle achieve her mega-watt smile!


7 Benefits of Dental Implants for Seniors

May 30, 2019

Filed under: Blog,Dental Implants and Dentures — tntadmin @ 9:18 am

Dental implants may get many people worried. Of course, the whole idea of pieces of titanium fused with your jaw bone doesn’t sound too tempting. Also, because it’s a surgical procedure, many people may find it to be an expensive treatment.
But there’s a growing concern for a better facial appearance and even the old folks are making a conscious effort to look better. And this involves a better jaw alignment, fixing missing teeth, and getting straighter teeth.
A lost tooth is one of the biggest concerns for older adults. Dental implants procedure has been around for the longest time and the technology has advanced quite a bit. And they are one of the most reliable tooth replacement options. Read on to take an objective look at dental implants.

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