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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.

 

 

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The Effects Stress Can Have On Your Oral Health

Oral and psychological health issues are intimately related. Psychological well-being can affect oral health and oral health can affect one’s psychological well-being. Add to the mix is odontophobia, a psychological condition depicting an irrational and overwhelming fear of dentistry.

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The perception of loss of control and helplessness are issues that create  fear. These perceptions stem from our limbic or primitive emotion system and  require reasonable and logical executive level cognition to overcome.   Unfortunately, some cannot summon such resolve.

Chronic stress can manifest orally through over salivation or dry  mouth.  Disrupting the pH balance in saliva can cause acidic saliva, which  causes tooth decay. Dry mouth from stress affects bacterial growth, and many of  the medications prescribed to reduce stress may cause dry mouth.

Many psychological issues result in fewer, if any, visits to the dentist. For  depressives, a visit to the dentist is not high on their list of concerns. This  can cause tooth decay or loss, causing additional depression. Additionally,  having an unsightly smile can reduce self-esteem, restricting a healthy level of  sociality, reinforcing or causing depression.

Recent studies by a team of neuro-scientists suggest there are dental markers that could indicate  Alzheimer’s and MMI or mild memory impairment, a pre-clinical stage of dementia.   These studies are nascent but show promising information leading researchers to believe there is a possibility that inflammation from periodontal  disease may find its way to the brain, affecting the hippocampus in particular.

For a stress-free dental experience Contact Glasscock Dental

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Hookah vs. Cigarettes – Myths Answered

Many American campus-towns have begun to take on a Middle Eastern flair. The exotic practice of smoking flavored tobacco holds great appeal for students too young for the bar scene, who see hookah lounges and their colorful, communal water pipes as a great place to gather with friends.

HOOKAH MYTHS:

The first myth is that the water in the pipe filters out harmful contaminants, making hookah smoking less risky than cigarettes.

FALSE. The smoke from hookahs has been found to contain high concentrations of aerosols, carbon monoxide, nicotine, tar and heavy metals, which are ingested at greater rates than when smoking a cigarette. The charcoals used to heat the tobacco for smoking add to the toxic mix. None of these harmful substances are water soluble, and they are not “filtered out” by the hookah pipe.

During a typical hour-long session, according to a 2005 World Health Organization study, hookah smokers inhale 100 to 200 times the volume of smoke typically inhaled when smoking a single cigarette. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control says the practice raises the risk of oral cancer, lung cancer, stomach cancer and esophageal cancer, along with reduced lung function and decreased fertility. Include the risk of spreading herpes, hepatitis and tuberculosis through shared mouthpieces and you have a recipe for a costly public-health problem.

Hookah smokers are also under the impression that their form of smoking is less addictive than cigarettes.

FALSE. Tobacco consumed in any form is addictive, and hookah tobacco is no exception. Though it may be sweetened, flavored and mixed with herbs and other substances, the tobacco remains nicotine-filled. The greater volumes of smoke involved translate into greater levels of nicotine exposure.

It is time for hookah smoking to be considered what it is: another form of
tobacco use, and one that is, if anything, more dangerous than cigarette
smoking. Public-education campaigns would help get the word out. Policy makers should take steps similar to those in 2009 when the Food and Drug Administration banned cigarettes flavored with clove, fruit or candy that might appeal to young people. Hookah smoking may look exotic, but its impact on public health is going to be all too familiar.

If you are a smoker, Contact Glasscock Dental with any of your oral health concerns.

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

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Track Your Oral Health with ADA Symptom Checker App

Patients can check symptoms, find treatment recommendations

CHICAGO, Jan. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — There are apps for everything from purchasing shoes to scheduling restaurant reservations, but how about an app for your toothache? The American Dental Association (ADA) has introduced the ADA® Dental Symptom Checker™ on MouthHealthy.org to provide patients with accurate information about their oral health symptoms as well as help them become better-informed when making decisions about their oral health.

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After entering their age and gender in the ADA Dental Symptom Checker, patients can identify the location of the symptom they’re having and other factors, such as pain or swelling, and read about various conditions that fit that description. The Symptom Checker is not meant to diagnose or replace the role of the dentist. In fact, many of the conditions emphasize the importance of seeing a dentist or physician.

“Often times a patient will wait until a dental appointment to mention a recent oral health issue such as a bitten tongue or mouth,” said Ruchi Nijjar Sahota , D.D.S., an ADA consumer advisor spokesperson who practices general dentistry in Fremont, Calif. “The ADA app is designed to give patients the power to learn more about what’s happening in their mouths so that they can make an educated decision on what they might have and what needs to be done to treat it. This information makes it easier for the patient to communicate with their dentist about their oral health.”

The ADA designed the app to help build consumer awareness of the importance of oral health and recognize the benefits of regular dental visits.

“As advocates for America’s oral health, the ADA strives to educate people about the value of good dental care,” Dr. Sahota added. “This app is a teaching tool for today.”

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In developing the ADA’s new consumer-focused MouthHealthy.org, consumers surveyed for the website identified a symptom checker tool as the most requested feature. The ADA Dental Symptom Checker is now available as an interactive Web platform on MouthHealthy.org, as well as a downloadable app on iTunes and Google Play.

The ADA launched the award-winning MouthHealthy.org website in June 2012 to reach the 80 percent of Internet users who seek health information online. Consumers can find oral health concerns organized by life stages, A-Z topics with videos, ADA Seal of Acceptance products, and tips and activities to make oral health care fun for kids.

The ADA Dental Symptom Checker is now available as an interactive Web platform on MouthHealthy.org, as well as a downloadable app on iTunes and Google Play.

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Contact Glasscock Dental with any of your oral health concerns.

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

Why take Care of your Teeth?

 

It Could Affect Your Breathing

Gum disease may increase your risk of getting respiratory infections, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pneumonia, according to the Journal of Periodontology. The infections might be caused when bacteria from the mouth are inhaled into your lungs, possibly causing your airways to become inflamed.

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