Monthly Archives: November 2012

How to Choose the Right Electric Tooth Brush

Believe it or not, many school-aged children are now enthusiastic about brushing their teeth. We can thank the invention of the rechargeable electric toothbrush for this happy phenomenon.

Rechargeable electric toothbrushes are easy to use—that’s part of their appeal. And although a rechargeable electric toothbrush costs more than a manual toothbrush, it may be worth it if your child (or you) is more enthusiastic about using it.

Most rechargeable electric toothbrushes operate at anywhere from 5,000 to 30,000 strokes on your teeth per minute, and because of this, it takes less time to do a thorough job. Some rechargeable electric toothbrushes have even more power—Oral B’s Professional Care 7000 series of rechargeable electric toothbrushes rotates 40,000 times per minute.

To use a rechargeable electric toothbrush, just place toothpaste on the brush head and hold the brush at a 45-degree angle, just as you would a manual toothbrush. Then turn on the rechargeable electric and move the brush from tooth to tooth. The smaller heads of most rechargeable electric toothbrushes usually brush about one tooth at a time, depending on the size of your teeth. Guide the electric brush along the front surfaces, back surfaces, and chewing surfaces of each tooth.

Even with a rechargeable electric toothbrush, you should spend about two minutes brushing to ensure that you’ve cleaned each tooth. When you’ve finished brushing, simply rinse the brush head with water and allow it to dry.

If you are looking for the perfect electric toothbrush, Target has a great buying guide

Spin through the options. Discover why you’ll never brush the same.

  • Timers.
    Most electric toothbrushes have a 2-minute timer (dentists recommend 2 minutes every morning and night) that beeps or shuts off the toothbrush when you’re done. shop all toothbrushes with timers
  • Quad pacers.
    Think of your mouth in quadrants: top right, lower right, top left, lower left. Quad pacers beep every 30 seconds to send you to the next quadrant. They remind you to brush more thoroughly and give each
    section its time.
  • Sensitivity & modes.
    An electric toothbrush is often great for people with sensitive teeth. Some brushes even feature a gentle brushing mode, while others have multiple modes (high-speed, quick clean, polishing). shop multiple brush modes shop high-speed toothbrushes
  • Ultraviolet sanitizers.
    What lurks within your bristles isn’t pretty, but can be killed by ultraviolet light. Ultraviolet sanitizers are built into some brushes’ charger bases to keep your brush head free of bacteria and viruses. shop all ultraviolet sanitizing toothbrushes
  • Rechargeability.
    Most electric toothbrushes are rechargeable, come with a charging stand, and run between 1 and 3 weeks on a full charge. Lights often indicate when the battery is done charging or needs a recharge. shop rechargeable toothbrushes
  • Gums & pressure.
    For healthier gums, toothbrushes may have a massage mode that stimulates the gums, or a gentle mode for sensitive gums. Others feature a pressure sensor that shuts off when you’re brushing too hard. shop multiple brush modes
  • Travel.
    Even if you travel occasionally, a storage case is nice for keeping your brush clean and protected. World travelers or non-typical users might consider electric brushes that take external AA batteries or come with multivoltage chargers.

Happy Thanksgiving!

The office of Dr. David Glasscock and staff would like to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving and National Flossing Day!

Too much turkey at Thanksgiving may induce drowsiness and cause you to go to sleep without flossing. From Turkey to yummy dessert its important to remember to brush and floss when you get home! Ironically, the day AFTER Thanksgiving (November 23rd) is National Flossing Day!



According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Oral Health (CDC), 54 million people live with untreated tooth decay in their permanent teeth, while the U.S. Surgeon General states that periodontal disease is one of the biggest threats to oral health and one of the most common chronic diseases in the U.S. Rather than becoming a statistic, bite into a new oral health regime on National Flossing Day on Friday, November 23.

In addition to the cosmetic benefits such as fresh breath and cleaner, whiter teeth, flossing has many health advantages. Flossing on a regular basis removes plaque which can cause tartar build-up and reduces the risk of periodontal disease, gingivitis and tooth decay. In addition, you are less likely to lose your teeth and need dentures later in life.

“Nearly half of American adults over 30 and approximately 70 percent of seniors over 65 are afflicted with periodontal disease according to the CDC,” said Kathie Marsh, Dental Assistant program curriculum coordinator for Anthem Education Group. “Now is the time to take charge of your oral health and start practicing proper dental care.”

In honor of National Flossing Day, Anthem Education Group offers five flossing tips:

1. Floss before you brush so fluoride in toothpaste can reach between your teeth. 2. Guide floss between teeth using a back-and-forth motion.
3. Slide floss against the tooth surface and underneath the gum line. Pay attention to teeth next to toothless gaps.
4. Use a threader to assist in flossing if you have braces or other dental appliances.
5. Practice good flossing techniques at least once a day.

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Need Help Flossing? Contact Glasscock Dental for more information.

8430 Univ. Exec. Park Drive Suite 610
Charlotte, NC 28262

Get a Celebrity Smile with Veneers

Surprisingly, the beautiful celebrities we see on the cover of magazines and on television commercials may not have always looked the way they do now.

Celebrities have the pressure of looking “perfect” pretty much 24/7.  A lot of times hollywood’s finest need a little help.  Many times a subtle yet impactful cosmetic procedure like getting Veneers is the perfect solution and can do the trick without being so obvious.


Veneers are an excellent way to redesign and reshape your entire mouth no matter what age you are. Veneers are a very thin, durable, tooth shaped porcelain facings that are custom made to create a beautiful and attractive smile.

What Types of Problems Do Dental Veneers Fix?

Veneers are routinely used to fix:

  • Teeth that are discolored — either because of root canal treatment; stains from tetracycline or other drugs, excessive fluoride or other causes; or the presence of large resin fillings that have discolored the tooth
  • Teeth that are worn down
  • Teeth that are chipped or broken
  • Teeth that are misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped (for example, have craters or bulges in them)
  • Teeth with gaps between them (to close the space between these teeth)
  • In some cases veneers are sometimes used as an alternative from having to wear braces.

But veneers are not just a cosmetic fix, they also can be key to maintaining a healthy mouth.

Crooked teeth, in addition to being unattractive, also can increase the chances of cavities and gum disease by creating pockets in the mouth where food can get trapped. Also, a misaligned bite can be responsible for everything from painful TMJ to eventual tooth and bone loss.

Getting a dental veneer(s) may require more than one visit. Dr. Glasscock will examine your teeth to make sure dental veneers are appropriate for you, and he will discuss what the treatment will involve. Some patients will be able to have the veneers made the same day with the Cerec technology.

Interested in Veneers? Contact Glasscock Dental for more information.

8430 Univ. Exec. Park Drive Suite 610
Charlotte, NC 28262

Have You Heard about Clear Correct?

Whether you’re an adult or a teen, we all want to look our best at all times. Changing the way your teeth look takes time. ClearCorrect is the clear and simple choice.

No wires, No brackets just translucent trays that fit right over your teeth.

With ClearCorrect, your dentist or orthodontist can straighten your teeth using a series of clear, custom, removable aligners. ClearCorrect is an easy and discreet solution to align and straighten a broad range of conditions for a stunning, healthy smile.

ClearCorrect is a solution that will work without intruding into the different parts of your life. Wear your aligner at school, at work, around town, all day long. Once you and your doctor decide to begin treatment with the ClearCorrect system, you’ll receive your aligners in sets. You’ll need periodic follow-up appointments so your doctor can check your progress and give you your next set of aligners.

ClearCorrect treatment is likely to help you with these specific needs:

• Improve the way you bite with your back teeth.
• Improve the alignment of your front teeth.
• Improve the appearance of your smile.
• Improve the overall health of your teeth and mouth.
• Improve the ease of caring for your teeth.

Visit and see what they are saying about the easy way to correct your smile in no time.

Clear Correct is one of Glasscock Dental’s Specialties.  Contact us Today for more information:

8430 Univ. Exec. Park Drive Suite 610
Charlotte, NC 28262


Dental Sealants Safe For Children?

Sealants are a great way to help prevent against tooth decay and cavities on your back teeth (molars), especially for Children.   These are the teeth that are most vulnerable to cavities and decay because they are used in the chewing process, and are the most difficult to reach and clean.

Molars first come in at around 5-7 years of age, with a second set coming in between the ages of 11-14. It is best to have a sealant placed when the molars first come in to ensure they are protected early.

To place a sealant, an adhesive is first applied to the teeth. The sealant is then placed over the adhesive as a liquid, as if it is painted right onto the tooth. The liquid then hardens and creates a barrier between your tooth and any plaque, food particles, and bacteria.

In dental circles, the question of sealants has been hotly debated for nearly 50 years, and at least since the ADA awarded the product its seal of approval in 1976. While there have been concerns that the sealants may expose children to the controversial estrogen-like chemical bisphenol A, or BPA, the benefits in preventing kids’ cavities outweigh the risks, the American Dental Association states.

Interested in Sealants? Contact Glasscock Dental for more information.

8430 Univ. Exec. Park Drive Suite 610
Charlotte, NC 28262