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Single Men are Looking for Women with Nice Teeth

It’s always on Valentine’s Day when single men and women put the focus on their love life.  Why am I single? Will it just be me and my dog for the rest of my life?  How will I find the perfect mate? Match.com might have some answers for you!

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The online dating site, conducted a three-year study of over 5,000 single men and women and came up with a list of the top 10 things men judge women on. The least surprising news? Over half of the list was appearance-based. It makes sense — women have seemed to adjust their getting-ready times accordingly, devoting 136 full days of their lives primping and preening for a night out, according to another 2008 survey.

OK, now are you ready for the surprising news? Match.com found that the most important thing for men is a woman’s teeth, which took the top slot with 58 percent of votes. And all those years you thought your dentist was just being naggy about the whole flossing thing…

Just after teeth, guys are concerned with a lady’s hair (51 percent) and clothes (45 percent).

Moral of the story: Forget pricey hair salons and uncomfortable high heels and focus on smiling. Most importantly, make an appointment with your dentist!

Contact Glasscock Dental with any of your oral health concerns.

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

 

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National Pet Dental Health Month

Sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Association, (AVMA) the month of February has been set aside as National Pet Dental Health Month. While the majority of humans don’t consider a trip to the dentist to be one of their top 10 most favorite things to do, it’s no secret that regular dental checkups are essential to maintain overall good health. It’s equally just as important for pet parents to provide regular dental care for their pets.

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According to studies made by the American Animal Hospital Association, (AHHA) sadly, 85 percent of dogs and cats over the age of 3 years have already suffered dental or gum disease. Without regular dental care and cleaning, pets can develop gingivitis, (an often painful inflammation of the gums) from the bacterial laden plaque which, if not taken care of on a regular basis, develops into tarter or calculus.

Board president of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry and certified veterinary dentist, Dr. Brook A. Niemiec said, “Unfortunately, only about one percent of pet owners brush their pet’s teeth. Not only do more pet owners need to brush their pet’s teeth, they should also use chew toys, treats and rawhides to help keep their pet’s teeth clean.”

Dr. Douglas Aspros, President of the AVMA said, “Dental problems are extremely common, and many are very painful and can lead to serious systemic conditions”. He reminds pet guardians that, “an untreated dental infection can spread to the heart, kidneys and other organs, and suddenly become life threatening.”

Although the AVMA is promoting Pet Dental Health Month in February, at the same time the organization is reminding dog and cat owners that in addition to making an appointment with their veterinarian for a complete dental checkup and cleaning, that learning how to brush their pet’s teeth and do so on a regular basis that their veterinarian recommends is equally essential.

Learn the symptoms of pet dental disease which many are hard to ignore. One of the first signs of gum disease is unrelenting bad breath. Additionally, pets may exhibit: difficulty in eating, pawing at their mouth, gums that are sore and red gums, and tooth discoloration caused by tarter.

Contact Glasscock Dental with any of your oral health concerns.

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

Do You Have Chronic Bad Breath?

Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth may be warning signs of gum (periodontal) disease. Gum disease is caused by the buildup of plaque on teeth. The bacteria cause toxins to form in the mouth, which irritate the gums. If gum disease continues untreated, it can damage the gums and jawbone.

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Other dental causes of bad breath include poorly fitting dental appliances, yeast infections of the mouth, and dental cavities.

The medical condition dry mouth (also called xerostomia) can also cause bad breath. Saliva is necessary to moisten and cleanse the mouth by neutralizing acids produced by plaque and washing away dead cells that accumulate on the tongue, gums, and cheeks. If not removed, these cells decompose and can cause bad breath. Dry mouth may be caused by the side effects of various medications, salivary gland problems, or continuous breathing through the mouth.

Many other diseases and illnesses may cause bad breath. Here are some to be aware of: respiratory tract infections such as pneumonia or bronchitis, chronic sinus infections, postnasal drip, diabetes, chronic acid reflux, and liver or kidney problems.

Contact Glasscock Dental with any of your oral health concerns.

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

Are Australian Teeth Healthier?

The case against sugar-sweetened soft drinks is shaping up as a significant new health frontier.

On one side, the drinks industry promotes products as a harmless, fun-filled part of a normal diet.

On the other side, are the health groups whose job it is to warn the public that sugary drinks are fuelling an obesity epidemic that has disastrous implications for general health and risks later-life heart disease and diabetes.

The facts are alarming. One standard soft drink, consumed by most children without a second thought, hides in it 16 teaspoons of sugar. A daily dose of this can lead to a weight gain of more than 6kg a year.

Soft drinks in America are now the largest single source of calories in the US diet, accounting for more than 7 per cent of total daily energy intake.

Australia is not far behind, although they are not quite so hooked on the super-sized drinks that ordinary Americans consume without effort.

In New York, the health lobby has prevailed to the point of restricting the sale of gargantuan sugary drinks that deliver obscene amounts of kilojoules.

Of course anyone intent on over-consuming can and will do so by going to a second outlet and buying another but the message is there.

In Australia there are three leading health groups, the Cancer Council, Diabetes Australia and the National Heart Foundation, that have joined forces to inquire into taxing soft drinks and looking at other American-style restrictions on sales.

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They are also pushing for government support for a public education campaign to ensure children drink mainly water and low-fat milk – not Coke.

It is widely accepted that it is best not to eat foods in which sugar is the main ingredient; this includes soft drinks, cordials and lollies which are primarily sugar and lack additional nutritional value.

The focus so far has been on the risk to dental health from the frequent consumption of acidic and sugary drinks which are a key factor in the deteriorating dental health of Australian children.

If you or your children indulge in sugary drinks it is important to keep up with routine cleanings.  Contact Glasscock Dental for more information.

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

Areas Prone to Dental Cavities

Tooth decay and dental cavities are among the most common health problems in adults. Not only can dental cavities be a significant cause of pain and discomfort, they can lead to deteriorating oral health over time. It’s important to recognize the signs and symptoms of tooth decay and dental cavities, and to be aware of which areas of your mouth are most prone to dental cavities. This can help you work harder to prevent dental cavities and keep your mouth in good health.

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Hot Spots for Dental Cavities

While you can get dental cavities in virtually any tooth, there are  certain areas of your mouth that are most likely to be afflicted by tooth decay and dental cavities. Familiarizing yourself with these areas can help in  the prevention  of dental cavities. Here are a few things to consider as you work to maintain the best oral health and prevent dental cavities.

  • Watch Your Back Teeth: Your molars and premolars, located in the back of your mouth, have a lot of grooves, nooks, and crannies that can collect food particles that lead to plaque, tooth decay, and dental cavities. They are also harder to reach with your toothbrush, so make an extra effort to brush these areas carefully.
  • Look Out for Receding Gums: When your gums pull away from your teeth, plaque has easier access to their roots. If your gums are receding in any area of your mouth, those areas can be prone to dental cavities. Flossing regularly and brushing with an antiplaque/gingivitis toothpaste can help prevent gum disease and dental cavities.
  • Check Your Dental Fillings, Caps, and Crowns: Try to take regular inventory of your dental work to be sure everything remains in its proper place and is undamaged. Your dentist should do this during your regular visits, but you should also keep a close watch, as these areas can be prone to dental cavities if they aren’t maintained. When a filling gets weak, plaque can build up more easily and cause tooth decay. (1)

Want to Reduce Your Chances for Dental Cavities? Make Oral Hygiene a Habit

Work to prevent dental cavities—keep a close watch on these areas and maintain a regular routine of brushing, flossing, and rinsing. Make your dental hygiene routine a habit. Have your spouse, children, or roommates remind one another to follow the routine daily, and make it a priority to take better care of your teeth and mouth to prevent dental cavities.

See a Professional Regularly

Make appointments to see a dental professional twice a year for routine cleanings and dental exams. The professional cleaning will take care of plaque build-up that you can’t remove at home, and the professional exam will help identify problem spots and early signs of weak spots in the enamel before they escalate into significant issues. Weak spots that go undetected or untreated for too long can lead to more tooth decay resulting a dental cavity, infection, and other complications.

 

Call  Glasscock Dental Today For an Appointment at

704-510-1150

Dental Implants for Christmas?

Are you wishing for more teeth this holiday season?  For anyone interested in the option of dental implants, below are some frequently asked questions – answered just for you!

What is a Dental Implant?

A Dental Implant is a “man-made” replacement for a missing tooth or tooth root.  Made from titanium, this screw-like object is inserted under the gum and directly into the upper or lower jaw bone.  There is usually minimal discomfort involved with this procedure.  After a period of a few months, the Dental Implant and the bone fuse together.  This creates an anchor for the new tooth to be placed onto the dental implant.

What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

  • Dental Implants look and function like your natural tooth.
  • Dental Implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth.
  • Dental Implants are maintained by routine hygiene visits to your dental office.
  • Dental Implants decrease the possibility of bone loss, periodontal disease,  tooth movement, and further tooth loss.
  • Dental Implants replace the need for a Removable Full or Partial Denture.
  • Dental Implants focus only on the tooth or teeth that are missing.  A traditional bridge would involve the two or more adjacent teeth being compromised to create a false tooth in between.

Who is a candidate for Dental Implants?

With major advancements in Dentistry and Dental Implants, most people are candidates for Dental Implants.  There may be exceptions due to chronic illness, heart disease, and severe osteoporosis.

What does the Dental Implant Procedure Involve?
The average Dental Implant Procedure takes 3 – 4 visits.  The first visit is to x-ray the area and take an impression for a surgical guide and a temporary prosthesis to cover the Implant.

The next visit is to place the Implant. A local anesthetic is applied to the area.  (Any additional sedation is no longer necessary unless deemed by the dentist).

The dentist will then make a minor incision to place the implant. The implant is placed into the jaw bone.  The area will then be covered with sutures.  The procedure is usually completed with minor pain.
You will next return in approximately 3 months to begin creating the Porcelain Crown to place over the Implant.

How Much Does a Dental Implant Cost?

Fees from Dental Implants vary from office to office. At your consultation the fees will be discussed.

How long does a Dental Implant last? With routine dental hygiene scheduled and proper home care, A Dental Implant can last approximately 30 years to a lifetime.

Call  Glasscock Dental Today For an Appointment at

704-510-1150

Pageant Perfect Teeth with Snap-On Smile

Temporary Solution… NOT the Answer for True Dental Needs!

Snap-On Smile is a great product for those looking to makeover their smile without undergoing extensive dental procedures.  It works exactly like it sounds, a new set of “teeth” are created that are placed over your current teeth by snapping them in place.  You can have a beautiful new smile in just two quick and painless visits to our office.

Snap-On Smile is a great option for patients who are looking to enhance their smile for temporary visual purposes. This would include in our office; TV, Beauty Pageants or Modeling.  On your first visit with us you will pick the shade and style of your smile.  We will then take an impression of your teeth so the Snap-On Smile can be properly fitted. The Snap-On Smile is then made with a light, durable resin to create a strong yet thin set of snap on teeth. In about three weeks you will return for your next visit where your new smile will be waiting!

The Snap-On Smile will be placed onto your current teeth and you will leave the office with a bright new smile.  No drilling, no extractions, no whitening chemicals are necessary – the whole process is quick, easy, and painless.

The Snap-On Smile is a great alternative to the pageant “flipper” because it is custom made for your mouth! This is a great option for children with teeth that have fallen out or that may not be flawless for those important picture perfect moments!

*NOTE* Dr. Glasscock will determine if you are a candidate for the Snap-On Smile.

Contact Glasscock Dental for more information.

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