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What can your Mouth tell your Dentist?

  Information Your Mouth can Tell

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There are many reasons to visit your dentist but what is not commonly known is the story your mouth can provide to the overall health of your body. The condition of your teeth and especially your gums can be an alert system for potential health problems.  Your dentist is a big part of keeping you healthy. Regular check-ups are essential for keeping your gums, teeth and tongue in good repair but it could be an early detection of something else in your body needing to be addressed.

Common Syndromes your Mouth can Tell

Stressed Out– When you are nervous or stressed, your body creates higher levels of cortisol in the body.  Higher levels of cortisol are strongly associated with inflammation.  These elevated levels also makes it more difficult for your body to fight off an infection.  In turn, this can create sensitive teeth and gums. It also can contribute to gum disease.

Anemia–  Light pink pale gums can be a heads up to your dentist that you might be iron deficient.

Dry Mouth–  Certain antihistamines used for allergies as well as a list of drugs used to manage mental health issues can cause dry mouth.  A dry mouth can contribute to tooth decay.  To avoid this issue, your dentist can order sprays and saliva substitutes to help protect your teeth.

 

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

 

 

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Why you Need to Brush your Teeth Before Bed

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Brushing your teeth before bed might sound like an insignificant choir to worry about but it can have a significant impact on your oral health.  Recently, a survey conducted by the British Dental Health Foundation found that many people skip brushing their teeth before bed. The poll’s results showed that 47 percent of respondents regularly skip this nighttime ritual, Medical News Today reported. That is almost 1 out of every 2 people not brushing!

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Why Brushing Before Bed Time is Essential

Your mouth is a breading ground for bacteria.  Bacteria accumulates on your teeth, gums and tongue.  As a matter of fact, you have more bacteria in your mouth than cells in your body. The bacteria in our mouths need food to live and multiply. So when we eat foods (especially sugary foods), or even starchy foods like pasta or breads, the bacteria use them as their food. The bacteria then produce acids that can dissolve tooth enamel.   When left over night, more extensive damage can be done to your gums and teeth based on the amount of time the bacteria is given to grow. Proper brushing(teeth, gums and tongue) and flossing, help to eliminate excess bacteria from your mouth.

Our advice to you? Brush your teeth before bed!  You can save yourself a toothache and a good chance of gingivitis in your future.  It’s only takes 2 minutes before bed which can save you lot’s of money and time to fix later down the line.

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

704-510-1150

Fax:

704-510-1220

Mouth Healthy Over 60

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Just 60 years ago, it was an assumption that as we age we would lose our natural teeth. But, that’s not the case for today’s older adults who are keeping their natural teeth longer than ever before. A healthy mouth and teeth help you look good, eat delicious and nutritious foods, and speak clearly and confidently.

Your mouth is the gateway to your body

Maintaining good oral health habits now is especially important because unhealthy bacteria in the mouth not only can harm your teeth and gums but may be associated with serious medical conditions. Research has shown that infections in the mouth may be associated with heart disease, stroke, diabetes, pneumonia and other health problems that are common in older adults. It really only takes a few simple steps, brushing and flossing daily, visiting your dentist regularly and eating nutritious foods to be Mouth Healthy for Life.

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Brush and Floss Daily  

Brushing and flossing your teeth is just as important for you as it is for your grandchildren. Even though it may have been years since you’ve had a cavity, your risk of cavities increases with age. One of the reasons is dry mouth—a common side effect of many prescription medications.

Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Choose a toothbrush with soft bristles and a small head to get to those hard to reach areas. Replace your toothbrush every three or four months, or sooner if the bristles becomes frayed. If you have arthritis or other condition that limits movement, try an electric toothbrush.

Clean between teeth daily with floss. If floss is too difficult to work with, try a floss pick or tiny brushes made specifically to clean between teeth.

Visit a Dentist Regularly  

Get regular dental checkups at least once a year – please do not wait until you have pain. Why? As you age, the nerves inside your teeth become smaller and less sensitive. By the time you feel pain from a cavity, it may be too late and you may lose your tooth. There are also more serious conditions that your dentist will look for, like oral cancer and gum disease, which do not always cause pain until the advanced stages of the disease. By then, it’s more difficult and costly to treat.

For more information visit http://www.mouthhealthy.org

For any oral health concerns Contact Glasscock Dental

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