Monthly Archives: August 2013

The Common Cold and Your Toothbrush

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As time has passed, people have become better informed on the prevention and contraction of viruses and bacteria.  Hygiene, hand washing, proper sleep and healthy eating are essential to ensure a healthy body and best defense against viruses and bacteria that can attack your body.

The “Common Cold”, as its name implies, is the most common virus to infect the  human body.   Children infected by this virus usually become sicker than most adults and are more prone to develop a complication, such as an ear infection.

Common Symptoms of the “Common Cold”

  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Itchy or sore throat
  • Cough
  • Congestion
  • Slight body aches or a mild headache
  • Sneezing
  • Watery eyes
  • Low-grade fever
  • Mild fatigue

What do you do about your toothbrush after being sick?   This has been a long debated question.  It is said, that after contracting the “Common Cold” your body builds up antibodies to fight the virus and lower your chances of re-infection.   Other’s debate that your mouth has the most bacteria in your whole body.  The virus lives on your toothbrush and could possibly re-infect you and anyone who might come in contact with your toothbrush incidentally by sharing toothbrush holders, etc.  Bacteria however, like strep throat, will re-infect you and your toothbrush should be thrown away and replaced after you get better.

So what is the right answer to the toothbrush dilemma? Well, that is up to you.  The office of Dr. David M. Glasscock, DDS believes to err on the side of caution and recommends the toothbrush be replaced after recouping from any virus or bacteria.  As quoted by the infamous Benjamin Franklin, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

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

704-510-1150

Fax:

704-510-1220

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Why Kids Playing Sports Need a Sports Guard

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Kid’s playing sports NEED a Sports Guard!

Wearing a mouth guard helps prevent against structural damage to your teeth and jaw and also helps prevent injuries such as lacerations to your cheeks, tongue, and lips.  Mouth guards have also been shown to help decrease the risk of concussions.

Many people play contact sports on a regular basis. This is typical among children, teenagers and adults.  A traumatic accident to the mouth can cause a loss of a tooth. Wearing a mouth guard is important for the prevention of fracture or injury to your teeth.  Having a mouth guard properly fitted at your dentist is important for comfort and maximum protection of your pearly whites.

Losing your teeth can impact you in more ways than you would think.  Your self-esteem and confidence is hindered if you feel uncomfortable smiling.  Below are some consequences that tooth loss can create:

  • Speech problems.
  • Chewing problems.
  • Anxiety and self-consciousness.
  • Stiff jaw.
  • Moving of remaining teeth
  • Nutrition problems as crunchy foods could be difficult to eat.
  • For baby teeth, the potential of adult teeth coming in crooked.

Call the office of Dr. David M Glasscock DDS Family and Cosmetic Dentistry to fit you or your child with the proper mouth guard to ensure your teeth are protected.

We’re always happy to hear from you!

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

704-510-1150

Fax:

704-510-1220

Business Hours
Monday: 8 a.m- 5 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m- 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m- 5 p.m.
Thursday: 7:30 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Friday: 3rd Friday 8 a.m- 2 p.m
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

 

Is Popcorn the Best Choice for a Snack?

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Popcorn, Yumm!!!  Popcorn is that crunchy, buttery, salty snack that seems to be the perfect choice while watching TV or a movie.  The butter, salt and oil version might not be the healthiest choice but air popped popcorn is considered a healthy snack.  As perfect as this snack may seem, is it the best choice for your teeth and oral health?  This has been a long time debated topic.

Popcorn as a Healthy snack choice

Popcorn, minus all the butter and salt is loaded with antioxidants that help with cell damage.  Popcorn also provides calories, protein, vitamins and minerals that are good for your body.   As we all know, corn is one of the main food crops in most civilizations around the planet.

Popcorn Stuck in Teeth

 

But is popcorn good for your teeth? 

This is a debated question.  Popcorn provides nutrients that support your body. Anything that healthily supports the body is in fact good for your oral health. However, with this being said, you need to consider the flip side.  The sugar and carbohydrates in popcorn interact with your mouths bacteria creating acid that wears away your tooth enamel.  It is also a common occurrence for popcorn to become lodged under the gums or in between teeth while eating.  Without those small kernels being removed, this can cause pain, infection, abscesses and even contribute to tooth decay.

So, should you pick popcorn for your next snack?  That’s up to you to decide. But if you do, as with any snack, the office of Dr. David M Duncan, DDS recommends that you brush after eating.  With popcorn, we suggest you spend some time flossing to ensure the removal of kernels that might have become lodged while consuming.

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

704-510-1150

Fax:

704-510-1220