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Cavities FAQs


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.

Why Adults Should Consider Clear Braces

Clear Correct

Adults and Braces

It’s a big step deciding the get braces as an adult. Researching the products available to get your desired result at the best cost is essential to the process.  I know what your thinking, “Braces are for Teenagers” and you don’t want to be walking around with a mouth full of metal at your age.   I’m here to tell you, if you are a candidate, it can be done another way.  Getting clear braces could be the right choice for you.

Why Consider Braces?

There are many reasons to consider braces (even as an adult).  The most important thing is healthy teeth and proper jaw alignment.  How does your teeth being strait contribute to this?

1. When teeth are crooked or crowded, it makes them harder to clean.  Without proper cleaning of neglected, hard reached area’s, tooth decay can result.  This could lead to gum disease and eventual tooth loss.

2. Misaligned teeth can contribute to abnormal wear of teeth surfaces.  This can cause you to wear down your enamel, chip or break a tooth.  This problem can also lead to misalignment of the jaw joints.  That misalignment can lead to chronic headaches, neck pain or face pain.

3. Crooked teeth can cause injury more easily to your mouth, tongue and lips.

4.  An attractive smile is more engaging .  You will feel more confident and smile more.  47% of people notice a person’s smile first when they first meet someone.

Clear Correct

The office of Glasscock  Dental offers the Clear Correct system.  We feel this system is the most cost effective, comfortable and provides are patients with that beautiful, straight smile they are looking for.  Please contact our office to find out more about our free consultation to see if you are a candidate for Clear Correct clear braces.




Red Wine is Good!

red wine and your teeth


Now really… Who doesn’t love that glass of wine with dinner?  I know. Your thinking its not the best choice. A refreshing glass of water with dinner would be the best choice for my teeth. (sad face)

Today, the tides have turned!  Let me give you a good reason to have that glass of wine and indulge in all its red grapey goodness.  A study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry has shown that the  compounds in red wine can prevent cavities and plaque build-up.  Red wine and grape seed extract contain antimicrobial elements that were found to help kill bacteria in simulated lab tests.

To test their theory, a  study, lead by an authority of wine chemistry from Spain, tested multiple apparatuses with bacteria associated with dental plaque.  The findings concluded that, “Red wine with or without alcohol and wine with grape seed extract were the most effective at getting rid of the bacteria that develops cavities and subsequent tooth loss that affects an estimated 60 to 90 percent of the global population.”

Many different studies are finding that there are many health benefits associated with drinking a glass of red wine.  Ah, but with anything good there is always the bad side.  Red Wine does in fact stain your teeth and consuming large amounts of alcohol has serious adverse effects on your overall health.  As with anything, moderation is the key.

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