Kenneth Woo DDS - January 2020



Happy New Year, everyone. We are very excited to welcome the coming of a new year and a new decade! I’m proud to say that the past year was wonderful for Woo Wang Dental. It was the first year since Dr. Kenneth Woo, Dr. Edmond Woo, and I became partners. As we round out one year of our partnership, I’m happy to see a trend. We saw more patients, and we were able to offer more options and provide better services.

by our offices! We want to get in touch with you more than just every six months. (That is why we have this newsletter!) As our friends, we want you to know what is happening in our office and in dentistry and medicine and provide you with helpful tips and motivational articles in daily living. The future of our practice is all about you. We want our practice to be known as one where people can come for dental care with complete confidence. It’s a practice where all our doctors are honest, competent, and caring. It’s a practice where all the team members are courteous, knowledgeable, and pleasant. It’s a practice where each location is clean, safe, modern, convenient, and homey. "THE FUTURE OF OUR PRACTICE IS ALL ABOUT YOU. WE WANT OUR PRACTICE TO BE KNOWN AS ONE WHERE PEOPLE CAN COME FOR DENTAL CARE WITH COMPLETE CONFIDENCE." Both Dr. E. Woo and I believe the next decade belongs to modern technology and innovation. This is an example Dr. K. Woo has been setting for patients since he opened this practice! For example, when digital X-ray machines came out in the ‘90s, Dr. K. Woo was one of the first dentists in the area to use one daily. The initial investment was sizable at the time, but it turned out to be money well spent. Today, we continue to embrace this innovation. We use Cone Beam technology to develop a 3D image of the bone levels in the jaw before implant surgeries and dental lasers to identify deep-level issues that we cannot see on the surface on the tooth — among other technology, too! (If you’re curious, ask us! We believe an educated patient makes the best decisions about their oral health and the well-being of their family.) Thank you for trusting our team in 2019, and we cannot wait to see what’s in store for our extended Woo Wang family in this next decade. We are confident our partnership will progress, with all three doctors dedicated to your dental needs and health.

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I think Dr. K. Woo says it best: “Before the partnership, I used to handle everything myself. I used to feel tired and exhausted … Since forming the partnership, I feel that the practice is full of energy ... We discussed and found ways to run the office more smoothly. We talked about clinical cases, ways we could improve the treatment results, techniques we could learn, and continuing education courses we should take.” Dr. E. Woo and I are proud to help Dr. K. Woo take the solid, strong practice he started to the next level with his guidance. What we have learned together as partners is there are some critical criteria we have to follow in order to make it work: We have to be honest, open, and frank. We have to be understanding and reach for the same goals together, and this past year has taught us just how to do this. As we celebrate the start of 2020, our goal is to offer excellent care to our patients. We value our patients; they are like our family and friends. We encourage our patients to stop by and say hello to us when they pass

We are sure 2020 will be wonderful and wish everyone a prosperous and happy New Year!

–Dr. Hokai Wang •

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Expand Your Family’s Horizons

By Opening Your Home to an Exchange Student

Cultivate Friendship

Hosting an exchange student in your home may not be

something you’ve considered before, but there are many reasons

Welcoming a new member into your home paves the way for new friendships to blossom. Even though the duration may often feel short, the friendships developed during an exchange are strong, and it’s not uncommon for host families and students to keep in touch for years after they’ve parted ways. Having friends in different parts of the world is also convenient when it comes to travel — you might get lucky enough to have a nice place to stay when you’re in their neck of the woods! Broaden Horizons It’s not just your family that will reap the benefits of opening your home to an exchange student; the student has much to gain as well. They’ll immerse themselves in your culture and get to see how your community lives harmoniously together. You’ll play an important role in showing them what life is like in your backyard while gleaning important perspectives on what life is like in theirs.

why adding an international member to your family is great for everyone involved.

Develop Understanding

One of the most valuable traits we can learn is to be understanding of others. Learning about other countries and cultures offers an opportunity to be more receptive to the idea that, no matter how far apart people live or how much the languages we speak differ, at our core, we have a lot in common. Navigating life with this open mindset has far-reaching value that your entire family will benefit from.


Busting Common Dental Myths

Myth: Your dental problems are inherited.

January is often the perfect time to start a new chapter, but amid all that celebrating, don’t forget about one quirky holiday January also boasts: Opposite Day on Jan. 25. In honor of this strange — or completely normal — holiday, we debunked common dental myths!

Reality: Yes, genetics play a significant role in the health of your teeth, but they are not the only factors that determine how healthy your teeth are. Myriad things dictate the health of your teeth! Do you brush regularly? What kinds of foods and drinks do you consume? What chronic conditions are you living with? How often do you go to the dentist? Do you floss? (See the first myth!) Your answers to these questions — and more — can have an impact on the health of your teeth, in addition to your genetics. Here’s the biggest takeaway: Regular dental appointments and healthy oral hygiene habits are the best line of defense against tooth decay and rot. Learn more by visiting

Myth: Flossing isn’t important.

Reality: When you don’t floss, you are missing two out of the five surfaces on your teeth. This negligence allows plaque to build up, calcify, and rot your teeth. Something as simple as gliding a small string through your teeth can be one of the best ways to take care of your smile. Regularly flossing ensures you are cleaning these hidden sides of your teeth while scraping away the gunk that cakes up on your gums. Just a few minutes of your day could make your pearly whites shinier — and healthier — than ever. Reality: Blood in the sink and sore gums can tell you that you may be brushing too hard or that your gums are infected, but just because you cannot feel the pain in your mouth does not mean there isn’t real damage being done. The best way to determine the health of your mouth and teeth is with regular cleanings and check-ups. Your dentist can establish a baseline history of your teeth and determine what steps, if any, need to be taken to give you a realistic view of your oral health. Myth: There’s nothing wrong because nothing hurts!


Sparkling Review!

Time to

Don’t hide your smile anymore! Dental

HOW TO PREPARE FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS AND INVISALIGN Smile! “It was my first visit at this office and I’m impressed! The hygienist was very informative and kind. Dr. Edmond Woo was very thorough. In the past, I’ve felt that my dentists only pop in for two seconds and leave, but at this office, I was actually examined by the doctor. You can tell he’s very meticulous. Although this was just a regular exam, so much more was done here than in any other office with the same visit. I learned so much in this one visit than I ever did in combined dental experiences. The office staff are very

science has developed innovative solutions to teeth straightening and replacement. Prepare for the

smile of your dreams with Invisalign or dental implants with these tips. Mind the Gums

One of the biggest components of your oral health — and, sadly, the most forgotten — is the health of your gums! We can work with you to heal gum disease, but the integrity of your gums must be ideal for dental implants to latch properly. Invisalign can easily be removed for proper brushing and flossing, but be cautious and careful when brushing in the days following your dental implant surgery. In the future, it’s imperative to continue being diligent about the health of your gums. After all, they are anchoring those new pearly whites! Do You Diet? The beauty of Invisalign is its ability to fit into every lifestyle. Don’t fret about only eating soft foods or avoiding popcorn. (Don’t forget to floss!) The only limit you face with Invisalign is that you cannot eat with your aligner in your mouth. Pop it in its case, munch on your favorite snacks, brush and rinse your teeth, and pop the aligner back in. However, with dental implants, this may be different. Like Invisalign, dental implants are designed to fit into your life, but in the days following your surgery, you should stick to a liquid and soft food diet. As your mouth heals, begin introducing solid foods again. Prep Others You’re committed to this change, and you may be anxious just to get started! Keep in mind that this change in your lifestyle could have an impact on your family and friends. You may need to come up with a food plan with your family for the weeks following your dental implant surgery. Or you may need to set reminders to remove your aligners and to brush after eating with Invisalign. Lean on your loved ones and our team for help! We can provide you with additional tips and support.

welcoming. Even from those not partaking in my care, I received genuine smiles as I walked by. My visit marked a milestone in dentist appointments. I’m excited to begin establishing myself as a patient here because I know my dental care rests in great hands.” –Sara L.

New Patient Special!


Invisalign and dental implants can change your life. Learn more about your options for dental care and treatment by calling 301.993.1833 or 240.683.3833 or visit



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Celebrating a Strong 2019 1 WHAT'S INSIDE?

The Benefits of Hosting an Exchange Student Debunking Dental Myths 2

You Can Have a Smile You’re Proud Of! Our Clients Say It Best New Patient Special 3

3 Ways a Healthy Diet Can Improve Your Looks 4

You Are What You Eat


People can take a thousand different things into consideration when choosing their diet. Maybe they have allergies, need to control a health condition, or need to gain or lose weight — or maybe they just want clear skin, bright eyes, and healthy hair. That’s right: What you eat impacts not only your health and weight but also your features! The starting line for both health and beauty is your plate, and it’s possible to eat your way to victory (or, at the very least, a vast improvement). To set yourself up for beautiful skin, eyes, and hair, check out the diet advice below.

produce more of the growth factor IGF-1. Unfortunately, many dairy products and quick-digesting, high-glycemic-index foods, like sweet cereals, white breads, and enriched pastas, also raise the level of IGF-1 in the body. However, foods with plenty of omega-3s — like fish, nuts, wild rice, spinach, and kale — can reduce inflammation and help calm breakouts. Bright Eyes According to the Age-Related Eye Disease Study, upon which both the American Optometric Association (AOA) and the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) rely, nutrient-dense foods are key for bright, healthy eyes. Nine foods in particular top the list: fish, nuts and legumes, seeds, citrus fruits, leafy greens, carrots, sweet potatoes, beef, and eggs. Of course, drinking plenty of water is recommended, too! Lustrous Locks Your hair’s appearance and how fast it grows do depend on age and genetics, but diet also plays a role. According to, protein, biotin, and antioxidants all help hair grow and/or safeguard your follicles. Try adding more eggs, berries, spinach, fatty fish, sweet potatoes, avocados, nuts, seeds, sweet peppers, oysters, shrimp, soybeans, and lean red meats to your diet to reap those benefits.

Clear Skin Research on the topic is still underway, but Medical News Today reports mounting evidence that eating more omega-3 fatty acids and slow-digesting foods and less dairy can help reduce acne. Some evidence shows that during puberty, acne is more common because our bodies

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