Monthly Archives: July 2012

Cosmetic Dentistry- First Impressions Do Matter



It has become more important than ever to maintain a vibrant healthy smile and a healthy body.  Based on your general appearance (teeth, hair, clothes, shoes, and body fitness) people tend to make a snap judgement on what they think of you.  I realize people tell you all the time that it’s what you have on the inside that matters.  Only a  shallow person would judge you on your physical appearance.  I agree that a persons unique individual qualities should be the most important thing in any relationship but that is secondary to  First Impressions.  First Impressions do Matter.  If the person you are engaging doesn’t find you visually stimulating enough to engage a second time, they will never find out how wonderful you are.

What is wrong with enhancing your appearance?  There are many studies that indicate when you feel good about your appearance, your confidence level increases.   The first trait most noticed while encountering another individual is  their smile.  If a persons is smiling they are considered engaging and friendly.  Who doesn’t want to be around a friendly, engaging person?  When a person doesn’t feel good about the appearance of their teeth, they tend to keep their mouth shut giving an impression of coldness.  So if you are thinking about enhancing your smile, let me give you some reasons from PR News that might convince you to think about it.

The perception study reinforced the affect crooked teeth can have on one’s social life and how they are perceived by others, including:

  • Making a Lasting impression: It’s important to have attractive teeth as part of a smile because pearly whites make a lasting first impression. Nearly one-third (29%) of Americans say the first aspect of someone’s face they typically notice is his or her teeth, and 24% say this is also the facial aspect that they remember the most after meeting someone.
  • Straight Teeth = Success: These thoughts also extend to perceptions regarding an individual’s potential for professional and financial success.  When looking at images, Americans perceive those with straight teeth to be 45% more likely than those with crooked teeth to get a job when competing with someone who has a similar skill set and experience.  They are also seen as 58% more likely to be successful, as well as 58% more likely to be wealthy.
  • Love at First Sight: Not if you have crooked teeth. When it comes to attracting a possible mate on a dating site, those with straight teeth are seen as 57% more likely than those with crooked teeth to get a date based on their picture alone.
  • Crooked Teeth = Dull Social Life: Nearly two in five (38%) Americans would consider not going on a second date with someone who has misaligned teeth. Far fewer would ditch someone who lives with his or her parents (23%).
  • Straight Teeth = Good Personality: People connect more positive descriptions with men and women who have straight teeth than those who have crooked teeth. Those with straight teeth are 21% more likely to be seen as happy, 47% more likely to be viewed as being healthy and 38% more likely to be perceived as smart.
  • A Nice Smile Goes a Long Way: Nearly three in four (73%) Americans would be more likely to trust someone with a nice smile than someone with a good job, outfit, or car.
  • The Want List: Having an attractive smile is something important to many Americans. Close to three in five (57%) Americans would rather have a nice smile than clear skin. What’s more, 87% would forego something for a year in order to have a nice smile for the rest of their life; more than one-third of these folks would give up dessert (39%) or vacations (37%).

PR Newswire (http://s.tt/1bFDG)

Dr. David M Glasscock, Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

  • 8430 University Executive Park Drive, Suite 610
  • Charlotte, NC 28262
  • Ph#704-510-1150
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Stress Free Dental Visits

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Our first goal is to understand what Anxiety and Stress are and how it is related to you as an individual? The truth is, Stress and Anxiety are real,  and in a nut shell are caused by your fear that something bad is going to happen. It all starts in the brain, the command center of your body.  With your brain’s fear response triggered, your body goes on full alert reacting to the situation at hand.   Stress and Anxiety can impair the sufferer physically and psychologically.  It can be almost crippling to the individual suffering from this dilemma.

So how does Glasscock Dental  help someone with  Stress and Anxiety issues in relation to a dentist visit?   First, we ask that you let us know about your previous bad experience. We have a highly trained and friendly professional staff to help put your fears at ease. Our number one priority is to always concentrate on “One Patient at a Time”.  With this in mind, we work to create an environment that provides Stress Free Dental. To eliminate Stress and Anxiety, it’s the little things that are important for each patient to put their mind at ease.

What does Glasscock Dental  provide to make your experience Stress Free?

  • 1. Friendly and courteous staff
  • 2. Timely Appointments
  • 3. Explanation of Procedures so you know exactly what to expect
  • 4. Newest Techniques in Dentistry that are more comfortable for the patient.

It is very important to take care of your Oral Health to maintain a healthy body. Many illnesses are related to poor oral hygiene.  Our goal is to make your experience a pleasant one.  We are not the assembly line type of practice.  We want to get to know our patients and be a part of your life to take the best care of you.

Dr. David M Glasscock, Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

  • 8430 University Executive Park Drive, Suite 610
  • Charlotte, NC 28262
  • Ph#704-510-1150

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a. A state of uneasiness and apprehension, as about future uncertainties.
b. A cause of anxiety: For some people, air travel is a real anxiety.
2. Psychiatry A state of apprehension, uncertainty, and fear resulting from the anticipation of a realistic or fantasized threatening event or situation, often impairing physical and psychological functioning.
3. Eager, often agitated desire: my anxiety to make a good impression.

The Truth about Sugar and your Teeth

Let’s be honest.  Who doesn’t love Sugar?  I can’t name a person alive who can say they don’t “love it” in one form or another.  It’s in almost everything we eat or drink.   The question is how do we limit it for our good health and to protect our teeth?     Your afternoon peanut butter and jelly washed down with a can of soda is attacking your teeth!   Sugar attacks the enamel on your teeth while you’re eating and the minutes following.   I’m sure it was filling, taste great and you are no longer hungry but that peanut butter and jelly sandwich had approx. 30 grams of sugar.  The soda had an additional 65 grams of sugar.

How do you limit the effects of such?  Glasscock dental recommends you brush your teeth after every meal.  I realize this isn’t the first thing you’re thinking of.  I also realize it can be pretty inconvenient at time.  We all have busy schedules and I can see why brushing wouldn’t make it to the top of the priority list.  But let’s put it into perspective.  1 can of soda and that peanut butter and jelly sandwich contained approximately 95 grams of sugar.   As an estimate, every 5 grams of sugar equals one teaspoon of sugar (or 1 sugar cube.  Your lunch time meal had the approximate value of 18 ½ teaspoons of sugar attacking the teeth inside your mouth.

Glasscock Dental does not want to give you the impression that brushing is enough.  It is however a good start.  We at Glasscock Dental recommend you visit the dentist twice a year for regular cleanings and once a year for an oral exam.  Plaque builds up no matter how well you brush and it will need to be removed by a hygienist.  Your dentist, while providing your yearly oral exam, can identify any oral problems and treat them.  Remember, Good oral health is the key to maintaining a winning smile and keeping your mouth and body healthy.

Dr. David M Glasscock, Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

  • 8430 University Executive Park Drive, Suite 610
  • Charlotte, NC 28262
  • Ph#704-510-1150