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Mouth Healthy Over 60

60 AND OVER

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

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8 Expert Teeth-Whitening Tips

There are many causes for yellowing teeth, and just as many solutions to consider.

Follows these 8 tips of these expert teeth-whitening tips for a smile that shines like no other!

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1.  Seek professional help

Probably the easiest way to get those pearly whites extra bright is through in-office (or chairside) teeth whitening. It’s the fastest way, taking around an hour, and also the safest form of teeth-bleaching. You also have to be sure to follow up at home with other teeth-whitening methods, as the results are not permanent.

2. Purchase an at-home teeth whitening kit

The second most effective choice for whiter teeth is to purchase an at-home teeth-whitening kit from your dentist, which includes a special mouthpiece. You can also remove deep and surface stains with these kits, which also use mild bleach to brighten yellowed teeth. To whiten, wear the kits for several hours a day, or through the night while you sleep. When time passes and you notice stains forming again, just pop in the mouthpiece once again for a night or two.


3. Daily maintenance

Dentists advise that you brush twice daily and floss at least once daily for good oral hygiene. By keeping up with your daily teeth-cleaning regimen, you can keep your smile pretty and avoid painful visits to the dentist. Upgrade to an electric toothbrush, which provides a more powerful and thorough cleaning.

4. Be gentle with the brush

Though drugstores give you the option of soft, medium or hard brushes, you should really stick to the soft brushes to avoid damaging your tooth enamel. Gently brush your teeth for at least two minutes, twice daily, for best results.

5. Brush with whitening toothpaste

Whitening toothpastes will only remove surface stains and not change the color of your teeth like professional services. They have abrasives, special chemicals or polishing agents that aid in removing those stains. Whitening toothpaste is also a must if you have tooth-colored fillings, crowns, caps or bonding in your front teeth, for which bleaching is not recommended.

6. Salivate More

Foods like celery, apples, pears and carrots are not only healthy for your body, but also for your teeth. How? Eating these foods triggers lots of saliva, which helps to wash away other food debris on your teeth. The same applies for chewing sugarless gum. Saliva also neutralizes the acid that causes tooth decay. So, bring on the saliva!

7. Avoid drinks that stain

Dentists say that any drink that can stain a white cotton T-shirt can stain teeth, including coffee, dark, red wine, tea and sodas, and even fruit juice. Unfortunately, unless you stick to water and ginger ale, it’s almost impossible to avoid these stains!

8. Remember to rinse

We know it’s super hard to completely rule out wine, sodas and fruit juice, So, drink that glass of wine (or glasses), then rinse your mouth with water to keep stains from forming. Avoid brushing after drinking anything acidic though. The acid in wine and other drinks is enamel-damaging, and brushing will only worsen the damage. Also, don’t forget the cheese tray with your wine; calcium-rich foods help neutralize the acids that yellow teeth.

For more info on teeth-whitening Contact Glasscock Dental

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

Why Women Over 50 Need More Visits to the Dentist

Research suggests that postmenopausal women need four annual dentist visits to avoid gum infections and other dental problems.

Maintaining healthy teeth and preventing dental problems requires more chair time as women age.
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You might not think it’s complicated to have healthy teeth—brush, floss and see your dentist twice a year and you’re set, right?  Not so, sadly, at least not for women who’ve passed the half century mark.

Postmenopausal women should see the dentist four times per year to ward off gum infections and other dental problems—that’s the conclusion of researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and the Cleveland Clinic, who studied the mouths of women over 50 and found that they had abnormal levels of dental plaque even though they brushed twice daily, flossed and visited the dentist twice a year.

Although it’s not fair, postmenopausal women have more dental problems and tooth loss than men of the same age, even though women have better healthy teeth habits. Less surprising, women are especially prone to gum infections and tooth loss if they’ve smoked (yet another reason to quit).

Contact Glasscock Dental with any of your oral health concerns.

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

Reverse The Signs of Gingivitis

Gingivitis is an oral health condition most often associated with poor oral hygiene. However, gingivitis as a condition can be reversed when it is in its incipient phase.

If you do not pay special attention to your dental care routine, and you allow gingivitis to turn into something more complex such as gum disease, the treatment is much more complex and painful, and you might be exposed to the risk of losing teeth permanently.

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Take note of the following tips which will help you prevent and cure gingivitis related problems:

Preventing Gingivitis: Brush your teeth for longer than regular The American Dental Association says that people in general spend even less than 1 minute to brush their teeth, which is not good. People should remember the rule of 3- that is, brushing the teeth for three times per day,for approximately 3 minutes each time. This is a rule especially important for patients with gingivitis. This way, you will spend 9 minutes in total per day on your oral health routine, but this is going to bring you huge benefits.

Preventing Gingivitis: Massage your gums and teeth during the day Dental specialists say that brushing your teeth “dry” or without using any toothpaste is extremely beneficial for gum health. While you read your newspaper or watch your favorite TV show, you should make a habit of massaging your gums with your toothbrush. This will help increasing the blood flow to your gums and make them healthier and stronger.

Preventing Gingivitis: Always use a toothbrush with soft bristles Using a toothbrush with very stiff bristles can easily damage the soft tissue within your mouth, and instead of healing you will make your gums bleed even more. Also you should not forget to brush/scrape your tongue to get rid of the harmful deposits and bacteria from your mouth, and also brush your palate with the soft bristles.

Preventing Gingivitis: Cleanse the pockets in your gums with an irrigator Waterpik for instance can help you irrigate thoroughly the pockets within your gums, and this way you will get rid of all the harmful food particles, bacteria and debris that might reside there. The irrigator will cleanse properly your gums, the space in between your teeth, plus it also performs a gentle massage process to your gums to increase blood flow.

Preventing Gingivitis: Controlling plaque is important Your mouth really needs to be tartar and plaque free if you want to maintain good oral health. For this, you should use a toothpaste for tartar control, which will not allow these harmful deposits to form.

Preventing Gingivitis: Baking soda + water Mix baking soda and a few drops of water until you get a paste that you will use to brush your teeth twice a week. Baking soda helps scrubbing away all the debris from the gum line and from in between your teeth, and it also helps polishing and deodorizing your mouth. Plaque deposits are also successfully scrubbed away with the help of baking soda.

Preventing Gingivitis: Rinse your mouth as often as possible You probably can’t brush your teeth each time you consume a meal.However, you should rinse your mouth with clear water every time after eating. This will help clearing your mouth of all accumulated debris and food particles, so you can have a clean mouth all day long. Don’t give bacteria a chance to develop- swish around with clean water often throughout the day

If you are interested in more information about Gingivitis, Contact Glasscock Dental with any of your oral health concerns.

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

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The Health Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants represent up to date the best replacement option for missing teeth. Even though dental implants are quite expensive for the greatest majority of people because they can’t afford them, the implants should still represent the number one choice if you need to replace missing teeth.

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You might think that there is not such a big difference between dental crowns and dental implants…but the benefits of implants go well beyond aesthetics only.

Dental implants help preventing bone loss

When you lose a tooth within your mouth, the bone starts a resorption process. If you don’t replace the tooth from its root (which is possible only with implants), you might have to put up later on with plenty of oral health complications.

Also, the time between the loss of your tooth and the dental implant procedure should not be too long, so that you will not need bone grafting which is both painful and expensive too.

If you need to replace a few teeth, you should research well your financing options, and opt for the most efficient treatment represented by the dental implants. The dental crown needs replacement in about 5 or 10 years, while implants come with a lifetime “warranty”.

Dental implants will enhance the quality of your life

Not only will your teeth look much better, but nobody will be able to tell you are having implants. On the other hand, all you need is a large smile and everyone can tell you are wearing dental crowns- because they are too shiny, too white, too “plasticky” and they simply have an unnatural feel and look.

Dental implants look, feel and behave just like a set of natural teeth, so yes, the quality of your life will be enhanced dramatically.

Benefits of Dental Implants: Eat better- be healthier

With dental implants there is no restriction regarding what types of foods you can actually eat. Whether these are healthy crunchy vegetables or even chewy or sticky food- you will be able to eat everything. With dental implants you can chew properly food, so the food is going to be digested well.

Dental crowns might not allow you to chew well, and then you can put up with digestion complications. Also, with dental crowns you can’t consume foods that are harder or chewy/sticky, because the crowns might easily come off/slip within the mouth.

Benefits of Dental Implants: No more worries

With dental crowns you constantly worry about the gagging reflex, or about the crown slipping within your mouth. Dental implants are “implanted” well into the root of the tooth, so there will be no more such worries above your head. You can eat, laugh, chew food, sneeze or cough naturally without making any problems that the dental implants might slip.

Dental implants help restoring your mouth naturally

With a dental implant, the natural state of your biological tooth is replicated in the best way. The dental implant is the best replacement for permanently lost teeth, and you will not have to put up with all those oral health problems caused typically by dental crowns (swelling gums, gingivitis, irritated gums, the apparition of fungus within your mouth, ect.).

Benefits of Dental Implants: Enjoy the flavor of the food

If you have ever worn an upper denture, you know that your plate is “sealed”. You cannot taste the full flavor of the food, and eating is one of the most loved enjoyments of life. With dental implants, your palate is never covered, and you can enjoy all the flavors of foods at their maximum.

If you are interested in more information about Dental Implants, Contact Glasscock Dental with any of your oral health concerns.

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

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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Chocolate Toothpaste for The Ultimate Sweet Tooth

INTERESTING NEWS

A substance found in chocolate could actually improve the condition of your teeth, according to groundbreaking scientific research.

A toothpaste called Theodent has recently gone on the market which promises to strengthen the enamel on teeth using a natural extract from the cocoa bean, a key ingredient in chocolate.

Tasty: Theodent promises to strengthen the enamel on teeth using an extract from cocoa

The substance called theobromine, was found to strengthen teeth and regenerate enamel by Doctor Tetsu Nakamoto in the 1980s at his laboratory in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Following years of clinical trials, the research scientist was awarded a patent for his trademark ingredient Rennou.

The team behind Theodent say that their product is non-toxic compared to fluoride which is used in the majority of toothpaste brands.

Fluoride helps to prevent gum and tooth disease along with cavities and promotes dental enamel forming. However fluoride can be toxic if swallowed in large amounts.

Dr Arman Sadeghpour, Dr Nakamoto’s business partner, told Wbrz: ‘Theodent is a fluoride free toothpaste. Rennou, our active ingredient works better to re-mineralize the surface of human teeth.’

Theodent, which comes in mint flavor for adults and chocolate for children, is on sale at Whole Foods or at the company’s website for around $10 a tube.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk

Contact Glasscock Dental with any of your oral health concerns.

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