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Top Ten Frequently Asked Dental Questions

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We at Glasscock Dental,  are frequently asked a number of questions in relation to ones dental health.  We love answering all your questions!  Our goal is to give you as much information as possible to ensure you maintain a happy and healthy smile.  Below is a list of the top ten questions that we hope will  help you with your dental education. 🙂

Top Ten Questions

1. How safe are dental X-rays?

All x-rays produce radiation.  Fortunately, the dose of radiation you are exposed to during a dental  X-rays is extremely small.

2. What are dental sealants, who should get them, and how long do they last?

Sealants are a thin, plastic coating that is put on the chewing surfaces usually of the back teeth (the premolars, and molars) — to prevent tooth decay.  It provides a protective barrier over the tooth enamel. Sealants are typically applied to children’s teeth between  the ages of 6 to 14.

 3. When will drill-less dentistry become a reality?

It is already being done.  Air abrasion or micro-abrasion, is being offered by some dentists.  Air abrasion can be used to remove some tooth decay,  old composite restorations, preparation of tooth surface for bonding or sealants, and to remove some stains and discolorations.

4. What’s the latest word on the safety of amalgam-type fillings?

The American Dental Association (ADA) and the FDA say amalgams are safe.  They conquer that any link between mercury-based fillings and disease is unfounded.

5. How do whitening toothpastes work and how effective are they?

Whitening toothpastes can only help remove surface stains as they do not contain bleach.  To get significant whiter teeth, a professional teeth whitening is recommended.  Our office will give you the smile you are looking for.

6. I’m interested in changing the shape of my teeth. What options are available?

There are a number of options:

  1. Bonding is a procedure in which a tooth-colored resin material (a durable plastic material) is applied to the tooth surface and hardened with a special light, which ultimately “bonds” the material to the tooth.
  2. Crowns are tooth-shaped “caps” that are placed and cemented in place over teeth to the gum line.
  3. Veneers  are thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials that are designed to cover and bond to the front surface of teeth.
  4. Recontouring or reshaping of the teeth is a procedure in which small amounts of tooth enamel are removed to change a tooth’s length, shape or surface.

 

7. I have a terrible fear of going to the dentist. What should I do?

The key to coping with dental anxiety is to discuss your fears with your dentist and dental staff.  The office of Glasscock Dental specializes is stress free dental.  If you experience dental fear, let us know.  We will put your mind at ease.

8. There are so many toothpastes to choose from; how do I know which one to use?

Each persons dental needs can be different.  After meeting with your dentist and/or hygienist, ask what particular needs your mouth requires.  Then choose a toothpaste that provides those needs.  (Example: Tartar Control)

 

9. I can’t afford regular dental care. Are there some resources available to me?

We at Glasscock Dental offer a number of payment options to try and make your dental procedures affordable.  If these are not an option for you, The American Dental Association’s website provides links to state dental associations local societies, and state dental schools. Ask your dentist or call your local social service organization for assistance in locating these types of services in your community.

 

10. I recently moved and need a new dentist. How can I find one?

Glasscock Dental has been nominated  as a Top Ten Dentist by Charlotte Magazine.  We would love to have you as a new patient.  Our goal is always to provide our patients with the highest level of dental care.

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Why Americans Aren’t Going To The Dentist

Not Going to DentistMillions of people do not get the dental care they need according to a 2011 report from  the Institute of Medicine.  Even though dental care is important to ensure a persons overall health, there are many reasons why many people are skipping their regular visits to the dentist.

More than one-third of Americans in 2016 are facing  serious challenges in accessing dental care for reasons of lack of insurance, prohibitive cost, too few providers, mobility and transportation problems.  Unfortunately, regardless of the reasons, having prohibited access to dental care is a problem that needs to be solved.  We already know that your dental care is as important as seeing your medical doctor.  It doesn’t make sense in 2016 to see people dying from a tooth infection.

Over the past few years, there has been a number of cases of dental deaths in the news of people who have died from what started as a simple tooth infection. Most cases were do to prohibited cost or lack of insurance.

31 year old man dies from tooth infection.

24 year old father dies from tooth infection

12 year old Maryland boy dies from tooth infection

The office of David M. Glasscock believes that dental care needs to be accessible for all people. Our practice provides payment plan options to make your dental care treatments affordable.  By establishing regular dental visits and cleanings, you are less likely to need major restorative services in the future.

Give our office a call to find out how we can help you!

Phone: 704-510-1150

smile@glasscockdental.com

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

 

Test Your Dental Knowledge

Is Your Mouthwash Too Strong?

Is My Mouthwash to Strong

Too Much Alcohol Content in Mouthwash Can Have Adverse Effects

Using mouthwash has its pros and cons.  Even though mouthwash is an effective tool for preventing plaque build up, stopping cavities from forming and freshening breath, it can have some adverse affects due to its alcohol content.

One of the warnings given by the dentists to their patients is to avoid using mouthwashes that provide high alcohol content. High alcohol content in mouthwash gives your mouth a burning sensation.  Very high alcohol content can irritate the sensitive tissue in your mouth.  For some people, this can cause ulcers and dry mouth.  It can also alter taste. So, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms and find it hard to keep the mouthwash in your mouth for the recommended time, then it isn’t the right mouthwash for you.

Another potential adverse affect to using mouthwash is the possibility of it causing oral or pharyngeal cancer. An Australian Researcher claimed to have found sufficient evidence to link the alcohol content in mouthwash to oral cancer (source) but it has thus far not been accepted as conclusive evidence (source and source). What scientist agree on is that the high intake of alcohol in mouthwash can increase the risk of cancer.  This is associated with regular and prolonged use of mouthwashes that contain high levels of alcohol and possibly may increase a persons risk.

Bottom line, if you are using a mouthwash and feel a burning sensation, then chances are that mouthwash is not the right choice for you.  It could be causing more damage then good.  Pick a mouthwash with a lower alcohol content for best oral health results.

How To Use Mouthwash Properly

  1. First, brush and floss your teeth.
  2. Pour the correct amount of mouthwash according to the manufacturer into your mouth.
  3. Rinse and swish vigorously in your mouth for 30-60 seconds.
  4. At this point you may choose to spit this solution out and use new solution to gargle, or you may use the current solution in your mouth.
  5. Gargle the solution for 30-60 seconds as well. 30-60 seconds might seem long but it is important to do because a lot of the bacteria that causes bad breath reside in the back of the mouth by the throat.
  6. Spit out the solution in the sink.

Are Wisdom Teeth a Problem?

wisdom teethYour wisdom teeth don’t make themselves known until you have nearly reached adulthood.  Usually between the ages of 17-25.   The name “Wisdom Teeth” was adopted as these teeth don’t arrive until you have reached, what is considered the “age of wisdom”.

Are Wisdom Teeth a Problem?

Wisdom teeth are not always an issue.  Not everyone needs to have them removed.  If your wisdom teeth are healthy and properly aligned, there is no reason for fuss at all.  As a matter of fact, about 30 percent of people are missing one or more of their wisdom teeth.

Issues With Wisdom Teeth

Unfortunately, for many of us,  the need to have one or more wisdom teeth removed during a lifetime is likely.  It is estimated that 85 percent of all people will need to visit the oral surgeon sometime in their life in relation to a wisdom tooth/teeth.  Often, wisdom teeth do not grow in properly.  If a wisdom tooth does not make it to a normal position, it can cause problems with chewing, damage adjacent teeth or periodontal problems.  Your dentist can make an assessment and recommend an oral surgeon if necessary.

What is an Impacted Wisdom Tooth

An impacted wisdom tooth is a tooth that becomes stuck under the gum or partially emerges from the gum.  Impacted wisdom teeth unfortunately are a common occurrence.  Depending on the person, they may or may not cause pain.  When your wisdom tooth is trying to emerge, it can cause your gum to become inflamed and swollen.  When emerging, they can also cause pain in your face, other teeth or ears.

Signs of an Emerging Wisdom Tooth

  • Swelling of the gum in the back of your mouth
  • Difficulty opening your jaw
  • Bad breath
  • A bad taste in the mouth
  • Pain when you open your mouth
  • Pain when chewing or biting

The best way to know if your wisdom teeth are a problem is by visiting your dentist.  Regular check ups can avoid big problems later.

 

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

704-510-1150

 Email:smile@glasscockdental.com
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: 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. – Every Other Week
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

 

Cavities FAQs

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Cavities FAQs

Most of us have had at least one. Some of us have quite a few. So what makes cavities so persistent, keeping more children out of school than any other disease? Usually, the answer is simple: not enough brushing your teeth, flossing and visiting the dentist. Snacking on sweets and slurping sodas doesn’t help either. But rather than feel guilty, get informed.
Q: What’s the difference between tooth decay and tooth cavity?
A: Good question! Most people think tooth decay and tooth cavity are the same thing. But they’re not. Tooth decay refers to a gradual process during which bacteria in the mouth produce acids that destroy the surfaces of teeth. Over time, tooth decay can erode enamel to the point that a hole, or cavity, forms.
Q: How do I know if I have cavities?
A: Cavities are one of the first things your dentist looks for during a regular dental exam. X-rays allow your dentist to diagnose whether you have dental cavities and how extensive they are. Sometimes a tooth cavity is visible to the naked eye; if you see black holes in your teeth, those could be signs. Another cavity red flag is a toothache or sensitivity to hot or cold food and drinks.
Q: How do dentists treat dental cavities?
A: Treatment depends on the size of the cavity and the degree of damage. Although many dental cavities are treated with fillings, onlays may be necessary to treat large cavities affecting the cusps of teeth, while cavities affecting the areas in between the cusps may be treated with inlays. In some cases, dental crowns are used to protect a tooth from further tooth cavity damage. Dental sealants are often applied to children’s teeth as a preventative measure against cavities.
Still have questions about cavities or other dental problems? Your dentist will be happy to answer them during your next checkup.

Keep Waking Up With Headaches?

Keep Waking Up With HeadachesKeep Waking Up With Headaches?

If the first thing you feel in the morning is a headache or pain behind your eyes or pain in your neck and shoulders, come in for a visit. What you’re experiencing could be the result of problems in your mouth. These are common symptoms of a condition known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), which basically means that your jaws don’t align properly. This misalignment stresses the jaw joints, putting pressure on nerves and muscles – which can result in morning headaches, migraines or facial and neck pain.

Not everyone with TMJ disorder shows symptoms. And not everyone has headaches or pain; TMJ disorder can also lead to broken teeth or fillings, loose teeth and toothaches. What is certain is that if you do display any of these symptoms, they won’t get better without professional help.

 

Many people find that resting the jaw helps ease the pain. You can do this by eating soft foods, avoiding chewing gum and hard candies. We can also show you jaw exercises to stretch the jaw joints and relieve stress. For most people, the most effective treatment is a custom dental splint that fits over your upper and lower teeth. This reduces the damage done from repeated clenching of the jaw or teeth grinding.

 

If these conservative methods don’t work, you still have other options. The temporomandibular joints can be flushed out, or an injection of cortisone can help relieve inflammation and pain. Worse-case scenario, you might need surgery. Come in for a visit and we’ll help you find the right solution.