Monthly Archives: July 2013

Dental Tips for Travelers

Planning a trip out of the country? It’s helpful to schedule a dental checkup before you leave, especially if you’ll be traveling in developing countries or remote areas without access to good dental care.

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The U.S. Department of State issues travel alerts to disseminate information about short-term conditions, generally within a particular country, that pose imminent risks to the security of U.S. citizens. In the spring of 2009, for example, the Department of State issued a travel alert cautioning people to avoid non-essential travel to Mexico because of an outbreak of H1N1 influenza in that country that resulted in a number of deaths. In addition, the alert recommended that travelers check the department’s Web site for new travel advisories as well as the Web site of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for any additional information or recommendations.

Flight and Vacation Activities After Certain Dental Procedures

It’s important to know that many dental procedures are surgical in nature. Dental implants, for example, often require months of healing. Post treatment risks after dental surgical procedures include bleeding, pain, swelling and infection. Your body may need time to rest and recover after procedures such as wisdom tooth extraction, root canals, dental implants and gum surgery, which should be factored in to flight and vacation activity schedules. In addition, it is possible that changes in airplane cabin pressure might cause discomfort in some patients who have recently had oral surgery. Bear in mind that significant dental procedures require follow-up care to make sure everything is healing and functioning properly. Continuity of care is important and should be a consideration when making treatment decisions.

Continuity of Care

The American Dental Association (ADA) encourages you to visit a dentist on an ongoing basis to ensure continuity of care. Establishing a “dental home” provides you with comprehensive oral health care so conditions such as gum disease and tooth decay can be diagnosed at an early stage when treatment is simpler and more affordable. A dentist who knows your case history can provide you with guidance on good oral health care habits, preventive oral health services and diagnosis and treatment of dental disease based on your individual needs. One dental visit does not establish the continuity of care that is necessary for maintaining good oral health.

Need to make an appointment before a vacation?  Contact Glasscock Dental

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

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Will I Need Dentures?

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Not all of us are blessed with an Award Winning Smile.  Like many other aspects of our health, there is a genetic component to teeth from the way they look to their overall health.  It is always recommended that to keep a healthy smile it is very important to take care of your teeth and gums.  The key component of this is brushing, flossing , healthy eating and regular dental visits at the office of Dr. David M Glasscock.

As we age, we are more susceptible to various dental diseases making us more predisposed to tooth loss.  Without regular checkups and proper dental care, the deterioration of your teeth and gums becomes inevitable.  Dentures become a more prevalent option as tooth loss becomes more and more.

Approximately 20 million women age 40 and over (that’s 19%!) wear full or partial dentures, reports a 2009 Fixodent Beauty & Aging Survey. And the number of US adults needing dentures is projected to increase from 33.6 million in 1991 to 37.9 million in 2020, according to research published in The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry.

Most people think they will never need dentures.  For most of the population, that statement is true.  Good oral hygiene and regular dental visits can prevent tooth loss and the need for dentures.  Approximately 20% of the population will need dentures at some point but this can be prevented.  With today’s advancements in dentistry, Dentures are not your destiny but a choice on how well you choose to take care of your teeth.

 

 

Tartar- How do I get rid of it?

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Tartar-  Let’s be honest.  Tartar isn’t pretty and needs to be taken care of to restore your mouth to good health.

Tartar is a deposit that forms when plaque hardens on the tooth.  The amount of tartar build up varies from persons to person. For many,  as we age, these tartar deposits build up faster. Tartar is easily noticeable because of its yellow or brown color on teeth.  Tartar needs to be removed to restore your gums to a healthy state.

How do I Know if I Have Tartar Buildup?

Unlike plaque, which is a colorless film of bacteria, tartar is a mineral buildup that’s fairly easy to see if above the gum line. The most common sign of tartar is a yellow or brown color to teeth or gums. The only way to remove tartar is at the dentist.  So make a call to the office of  Dr. David M Glasscock.

What Causes Tartar Buildup

Tartar buildup happens when plaque is not removed from your teeth.  It then hardens and turns into tartar.  When plaque accumulates and is not removed from teeth, it can harden and bond to the enamel.  This can only be removed by a dental professional.

How to Prevent Tartar Buildup

  • Eat hard fruits and vegetables
  • Floss teeth at least twice a week
  • Brush teeth frequently and consistently
  • Chew food properly to reduce tartar build up on teeth
  • Have your teeth checked at least twice in a year at the office of David M. Glasscock