Monthly Archives: December 2012

New Year and New Dental Tips for 2013

What’s your New Year’s resolution for 2013? You may be considering resolving to save money, get a better job or lose weight. Many people set new goals about having a healthier lifestyle in the new year. Why not make one of your New Year’s resolutions improving your dental health?january

Healthy resolutions can keep your teeth healthy, and any of the following changes will go a long way toward giving you a healthier smile for 2013:

Eat Plenty of Fruits and Vegetables

Eating well is important for your dental health. Poor nutrition can affect the entire immune system, increasing susceptibility to many common oral disorders, including gum (periodontal) disease. Antioxidants and other nutrients found in fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts improve your body’s ability to fight bacteria and inflammation, helping to protect your teeth and gums. In addition, crisp fruits and raw vegetables like apples, carrots and celery help clean plaque from teeth and freshen breath.

Quit Smoking or Using Other Tobacco Products

Using tobacco can harm your mouth in a number of ways, increasing your risk for tooth discoloration, cavities, gum recession, gum disease and throat, lung and oral cancer. Smokers are about twice as likely to lose their teeth as non-smokers. It’s not just smoking tobacco that has negative effects on your oral health: use of smokeless tobacco can be just as harmful to your oral health. The good news is that the risk of tooth loss decreases after you quit smoking or using smokeless tobacco.

Limit Your Alcohol Intake

You may already know that excessive alcohol intake can have an effect on your overall health, but did you know that it may also affect your oral health? According to the Academy of General Dentistry, those who smoke, eat poorly and consume excessive alcohol also have increased gum recession (periodontal pocketing). Their studies show that smokers who regularly consume alcohol are less likely to brush their teeth on a regular basis and are less concerned about their basic health than nonsmokers.

Brush at Least Twice a Day and Floss at Least Once a Day

Brushing and flossing protect your teeth from decay and gum disease, which is caused by your teeth’s most persistent enemy, plaque – a sticky, colorless, invisible film of harmful bacteria that builds up on your teeth every day. Both brushing and flossing are equally important for good oral health: according to the Academy of General Dentistry, only flossing can remove plaque from between teeth and below the gumline, where decay and gum disease often begins.

Without proper brushing and flossing, you may develop bleeding gums, which may worsen to severely swollen, red, bleeding gums (gingivitis) and, eventually, gum disease. Because diseases of the mouth can affect the rest of your body, it is especially important to maintain good oral health.

See Your Dentist for Regular Checkups

By seeing your dentist at least twice a year, you can help prevent any dental health problems before they cause discomfort or require more comprehensive or expensive treatment. Regular visits allow your dentist to monitor your oral health and recommend a dental health regimen to address areas of concern.

In 2013, resolve to treat your mouth right: improve your diet, quit smoking and improve your oral hygiene habits – your teeth and your body will thank you for it!

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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May the joy and peace of Christmas be with you
all through this coming year.
Wishing you and your family a season
of blessings and good tidings.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Dr. David Glasscock, Julie, Maureen, Lisa and Teri

Dental Implants for Christmas?

Are you wishing for more teeth this holiday season?  For anyone interested in the option of dental implants, below are some frequently asked questions – answered just for you!

What is a Dental Implant?

A Dental Implant is a “man-made” replacement for a missing tooth or tooth root.  Made from titanium, this screw-like object is inserted under the gum and directly into the upper or lower jaw bone.  There is usually minimal discomfort involved with this procedure.  After a period of a few months, the Dental Implant and the bone fuse together.  This creates an anchor for the new tooth to be placed onto the dental implant.

What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

  • Dental Implants look and function like your natural tooth.
  • Dental Implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth.
  • Dental Implants are maintained by routine hygiene visits to your dental office.
  • Dental Implants decrease the possibility of bone loss, periodontal disease,  tooth movement, and further tooth loss.
  • Dental Implants replace the need for a Removable Full or Partial Denture.
  • Dental Implants focus only on the tooth or teeth that are missing.  A traditional bridge would involve the two or more adjacent teeth being compromised to create a false tooth in between.

Who is a candidate for Dental Implants?

With major advancements in Dentistry and Dental Implants, most people are candidates for Dental Implants.  There may be exceptions due to chronic illness, heart disease, and severe osteoporosis.

What does the Dental Implant Procedure Involve?
The average Dental Implant Procedure takes 3 – 4 visits.  The first visit is to x-ray the area and take an impression for a surgical guide and a temporary prosthesis to cover the Implant.

The next visit is to place the Implant. A local anesthetic is applied to the area.  (Any additional sedation is no longer necessary unless deemed by the dentist).

The dentist will then make a minor incision to place the implant. The implant is placed into the jaw bone.  The area will then be covered with sutures.  The procedure is usually completed with minor pain.
You will next return in approximately 3 months to begin creating the Porcelain Crown to place over the Implant.

How Much Does a Dental Implant Cost?

Fees from Dental Implants vary from office to office. At your consultation the fees will be discussed.

How long does a Dental Implant last? With routine dental hygiene scheduled and proper home care, A Dental Implant can last approximately 30 years to a lifetime.

Call  Glasscock Dental Today For an Appointment at

704-510-1150

Pageant Perfect Teeth with Snap-On Smile

Temporary Solution… NOT the Answer for True Dental Needs!

Snap-On Smile is a great product for those looking to makeover their smile without undergoing extensive dental procedures.  It works exactly like it sounds, a new set of “teeth” are created that are placed over your current teeth by snapping them in place.  You can have a beautiful new smile in just two quick and painless visits to our office.

Snap-On Smile is a great option for patients who are looking to enhance their smile for temporary visual purposes. This would include in our office; TV, Beauty Pageants or Modeling.  On your first visit with us you will pick the shade and style of your smile.  We will then take an impression of your teeth so the Snap-On Smile can be properly fitted. The Snap-On Smile is then made with a light, durable resin to create a strong yet thin set of snap on teeth. In about three weeks you will return for your next visit where your new smile will be waiting!

The Snap-On Smile will be placed onto your current teeth and you will leave the office with a bright new smile.  No drilling, no extractions, no whitening chemicals are necessary – the whole process is quick, easy, and painless.

The Snap-On Smile is a great alternative to the pageant “flipper” because it is custom made for your mouth! This is a great option for children with teeth that have fallen out or that may not be flawless for those important picture perfect moments!

*NOTE* Dr. Glasscock will determine if you are a candidate for the Snap-On Smile.

Contact Glasscock Dental for more information.

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

 

2 Min 2X a Day Campaign for Children’s Oral Health

Coalition of More Than 35 Leading Dental Organizations Joins Ad Council to Launch First Campaign on Children’s Oral Health

Campaign partners include Sesame Street, DreamWorks Animation, Cartoon Network, MyKazoo!, Grey Group and Wing

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NEW YORK, NY, August 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — According to a survey released by the Ad Council today less than half (44%) of parents in the U.S. report that their child brushes their teeth twice a day or more. In time for back-to-school season, the Ad Council is joining The Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives, a coalition of more than 35 leading dental health organizations, to debut Kids’ Healthy Mouths, their first joint national multimedia public service campaign designed to teach parents and caregivers, as well as children, about the importance of oral health and the simple ways in which they can help prevent oral disease. The English and Spanish-language public service ads are being distributed to media outlets nationwide today.

Dental decay is the most common chronic childhood disease with more than 16 million kids suffering from untreated tooth decay in the U.S. The mouth is the gateway to a person’s overall health, and an unhealthy mouth can be associated with obesity, diabetes and even heart disease. In the U.S., oral disease causes kids to miss 51 million school hours and their parents to lose 25 million work hours annually. Additionally, oral disease disproportionately affects children from low-income families and these children have almost twice the number of decayed teeth that have not been treated by a dentist as compared to others in the general population.

Created pro bono by ad agencies Grey Group and Wing in New York, the new Kids’ Healthy Mouths public service campaign is aimed at parents and caregivers throughout the U.S., particularly low-income families, and stresses the importance of brushing for 2 minutes twice a day.

According to the Ad Council survey released today, 60% of parents with children ages 12 or younger report that they do not regularly help their child brush their teeth or check to make sure they’ve done a good job. Additionally, close to one-third (31%) report arguing with their kids at least once a week about brushing their teeth. Parents also report that, on average, their child wastes over two hours each day on things that are silly or unnecessary, such as playing video games, texting, or watching an online video. The new campaign notes that some of this time could instead be focused on improving their oral health.

“The messages in this campaign may seem simple, but their impact will be felt for years to come,” said Gary Price, Secretary and CEO of the Dental Trade Alliance Foundation. “Most mouth disease is preventable using steps that can easily become a part of every child’s life routine. We are proud to be a part of such a broad partnership to help parents and caregivers learn how easy it is to protect their children, give them healthy mouths and help them lead healthy lives.”

The English and Spanish-language TV, radio, print, outdoor and digital PSAs poke fun at the myriad of inane things children spend their time doing and highlight that it only takes 2 minutes, twice a day to help maintain a healthy mouth and prevent future oral pain. An additional English and Spanish-language PSA features Elmo from Sesame Street singing to kids, reminding them to “Brushy Brush” their teeth every day as part of Sesame Street’s Healthy Teeth, Healthy Me campaign. The new campaign also includes a PSA featuring “Tooth” – the Tooth Fairy from Rise of the Guardians, the upcoming film from DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc..

“This is a great opportunity for Sesame Street to continue to use its influence to help families and their children make healthy decisions about oral health,” said Dr. Jeanette Betancourt, Senior Vice President for Outreach and Educational Practices, Sesame Workshop. “We are excited to partner with the Ad Council when nurturing children’s overall development is so critical and the subsequent positive effects can last a lifetime.”

“We are thrilled to work with the Ad Council and support this campaign by helping to convey the importance of oral health,” said Susan Spencer, DreamWorks Animation’s Head of National Promotions and Marketing Services.

All of the PSAs direct parents and caregivers to a new website, 2min2x.org (which is available in English and Spanish, and includes a mobile version), where parents and children can watch entertaining videos and listen to music—all 2 minutes in length—while children are brushing their teeth. Campaign media partners, including Cartoon Network and My Kazoo!, donated snippets of videos and songs for the site. A series of social media strategies will also be implemented to engage parents and children, including messaging on Facebook and Twitter and a dedicated YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/2min2x, where the 2-minute content will be featured.

This campaign is the first in the Ad Council’s 70 year history to address oral health. The Ad Council is distributing the new PSAs to more than 33,000 media outlets nationwide and the ads will air and run in advertising time and space entirely donated by the media. Several media companies have committed to supporting the PSAs prior to their launch.

Bring your children in for a cleaning.  Contact Glasscock Dental for more information.

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