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Warning Signs of an Impacted Wisdom Tooth

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Somewhere between the ages of 18-24 your wisdom teeth begin to erupt.   Depending on how these teeth come in will depend if they need to be removed.  It’s not necessary for you to get your wisdom teeth removed if they are correctly positioned in your mouth and do not cause any pain or dental problems. However, 85 percent of adults have their wisdom teeth removed to protect their over all oral health.  Unfortunately, the eruption of wisdom teeth can be a painful experience that disrupts your daily life.

Common Symptoms of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Swollen gums that are tender and bleeding

An impacted wisdom tooth can make your gums swollen and tender to the touch.  They may even start to bleed.  This can make brushing and flossing feel like an impossible task.  As other dental issues can create the same symptoms, it is important to make an appointment with your dentist to have the situation evaluated.

Swollen Glands

Many times swollen glands accompany impacted wisdom teeth.  Most times these glands are located in your shoulders and neck area.

Pain in the back of the mouth

An impacted tooth or teeth can cause you an immense amount of pain.  As the tooth or teeth that are impacted continue to try and erupt, your pain and symptoms can become worse.  The pain should be at its worse towards the back of the mouth but could in fact radiate down your jaw.  The best way to diagnose a suspected emerging wisdom tooth is to visit your dentist.

Swelling around jaw

With swelling of your gums, many times impacted wisdom teeth can cause your jaw to swell.  As the symptoms progress, your mouth may become difficult to open.

What happens if you ignore the problem?

I highly recommend that you do not ignore the problem.  When impacted wisdom teeth are not removed, there could be complications.  Impacted teeth can force other teeth out of place.  They also can cause infection.  Impacted wisdom teeth are prone to infection and decay so left untreated you could be looking at a serious problem down the line.

 

David M Glasscock DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
8430 Univ. Exec. Park Drive Suite 610
Charlotte, NC 28262
Telephone:

704-510-1150

 Email:smile@glasscockdental.com
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Dental Issues Women can Experience as they Age

 

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Oral health goes way beyond having amazing white teeth and no cavities. Daily brushing and flossing although very important are not the only determination as to how well your teeth maintain over time. Sometimes, during various cycles in your life, especially for women, a little more work in needed.  Regular dental appointments play an important part in keeping your teeth and gums in good repair.  Your dentist can identify issues going on with your teeth or gums that may go unnoticed by you without their help.

For women specifically, oral health care needs to change at specific time during her lifespan. This is because, pregnancy, oral contraceptives, menopause, menstruation as well as other factors contribute to the change in hormones in a women’s body.  The female sex hormones at various states in a women’s life effects how her mouth responds to plaque. Without extra attention to brushing, flossing and dental cleanings during these fluctuations, plaque will build causing cavities and gum disease.

Did you know 1 out of every 4 women between the ages of 30-54 have been reported with periodontitis?  In addition, 1 out of every 2 women between the ages 55-90 are reported with periodontitis.  This number can dramatically decrease with help from your dentist.  Your dentist is aware of these fluctuations in your body chemistry and can advise you the best ways to compensate when your oral health is negatively responding to your body’s chemistry.

Why see your dentist during hormonal changes?

  • Menstruation– some women find their gums swell and bleed
  • Pregnancy– makes your mouth more susceptible to gingivitis
  • Using Oral Contraceptive– possible hormonal gingivitis
  • Menopause– hormonal changes can lead to periodontitis
  • Osteoporosis– Can lead to tooth loss

 

Glasscock Dental
430 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

What are the benefits of getting Braces?

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Let’s face it.  We all want to look our best and braces have come a long way from the 80’s headgear that traumatized many American teens.  It is a proven fact that people with crooked, deformed or damaged teeth smile much less than someone with perfect pearly whites.

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Revolutionary new clear braces, like Clear Correct, are a new and improved way to give you that perfect smile without the trauma of the past. What most people are unaware of is the overall benefits that braces provide beyond your obvious physical appearance.

Benefits of Braces

  • Better Brushing- properly aligned teeth are easier to brush and floss
  • Clear Speech-  Teeth in the wrong position can make it difficult to pronounce certain sounds.
  • Easier Time Eating-properly aligned teeth have a better bite pattern and make it easier to chew and bite down of foods.  Also, straight teeth won’t wear as quickly.
  • Less Accident Prone Teeth-  If your teeth are crooked, and sit outside your bite pattern, the likelihood of you damaging a tooth or cutting your mouth or lips increases.
  • Fewer Headaches- Crowded teeth wear unevenly.  Uneven wear of your teeth puts pressure on your jaw and can cause you to have many headaches.
  • Improved Gum Health-  Straight teeth are more effectively brushed and flossed.  Well maintained dental care will help you to maintain healthy gums.
  • Better Overall Health- Your oral care directly impacts your physical health. Straight teeth makes proper oral hygiene most effective.
  • Cost Effective Dental Care- You have fewer major dental issues with straight teeth.  The smaller the issue, the less the cost.
  • Lower Risk of Soft Tissue Injury- crooked teeth can damage the inside of your mouth or lips.  This could lead to infection.
  • Self Esteem-  A person with an award winning smile is proven to smile more often then someone that does not.  Happy smiling people are more inviting.

If you want more information on Clear Correct clear braces, please feel free to give the office of Dr. David M. Glasscock a call.  We care about your oral health and want to see you smile.

Sensitive Teeth can Affect your Diet and Oral Health

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According to the National Institutes of Health, as many as one in eight people have sensitive teeth.  Sensitive teeth can cause pain while drinking, eating, brushing or flossing.  Hot and cold, sweet and sour beverages or foods may cause sharp and sudden pain in the teeth.

Tooth pain can cause a person to avoid oral hygiene as well as drinking and eating which is needed to maintain a healthy body.  Scheduling appointments with your dentist and maintaining good oral health practices is the only way to tackle the sensitive tooth problems.

What Causes Sensitive Teeth?

Sensitive teeth or dentin hypersensitivity, is caused when the dentin (the underlying layer of your teeth) becomes exposed do to receding gum tissue.  The roots, which are not covered by hard enamel, contain thousands of tiny tubules leading to the tooth’s pulp. These dentinal tubules when exposed allow for pain to be felt with hot, cold, sweet or sour foods and liquids.

What can you do to reduce tooth Sensitivity?

  • Maintain good oral hygiene- Taking care of your teeth at home can help you maintain your dental health and prevent periodontal, or gum, disease from developing.
  • Use a soft bristled toothbrush– It is recommended to use a soft bristle tooth, especially with sensitive teeth.  A soft bristle tooth brush will help prevent eroding your gums because of brushing to hard.
  • Use desensitizing toothpaste. Desensitizing toothpastes contain ingredients such as strontium chloride and potassium nitrate that help block the transmission of pain signals from the surface of your tooth to the nerve inside. In a nut shell, they block up the areas where the dentin in your tooth is exposed.
  • Watch what you eat. Foods that are high in acid can erode the enamel of your teeth and expose the dentin.  Also, food or drink that aggravate your teeth can cause swelling and aggravate the condition.
  • Use fluoridated dental products. Fluoride Toothpaste and Mouthwashes prevent cavities. Fluoride accumulates in the demineralized areas and begins strengthening the enamel, a process called remineralization.
  • Avoid teeth grinding. Teeth grinding  can cause your teeth to wear, damage or be sensitive.A mouth guard is a great way to stop teeth grinding.
  • See your dentist at regular intervals. Call the office of Dr. David M Glasscock to schedule regular dental check ups, teeth cleaning and dental treatments regularly.
Address:
8430 Univ. Exec. Park Drive Suite 610
Charlotte, NC 28262
Telephone:

704-510-1150

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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

Crack, Meth and Diet Soda?

Drinking diet soda for years takes a toll on the teeth that’s comparable to years of smoking crystal meth or crack cocaine, according to a new case report from a dentistry journal.

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The report, published in General Dentistry on May 28, shows an addiction to soda may do as much major damage to your smile as a drug habit, and sugar isn’t even the culprit.

Teeth are eroded when acid wears away tooth enamel, the glossy, protective layer of the tooth. Without this shield, teeth are more likely to develop cavities, become sensitive, develop cracks or become discolored.

The case study looked at the damage in three people’s mouths. One subject was a 29-year-old admitted meth user, and the other person was a 51-year-old who abused cocaine for 18 years. The third patient drank an excessive amount of diet soda, about two liters a day for three to five years. All three had poor oral hygiene and did not visit the dentist on a regular basis.

Despite three different substance habits, the subjects appeared to have the same types and severity of damage from tooth erosion.

“Each person experienced severe tooth erosion caused by the high acid levels present in their ‘drug’ of choice – -meth, crack, or soda,” lead report author Dr. Mohamed A. Bassiouny, a dentist in Oreland, Pa., said in a press release.

The American Beverage Association, however, called the study unfair because the diet soda addict had extremely poor dental hygiene.

Bassiouny said the real problem is all three substances were highly acidic. Citric acid is found in both regular and diet soda. The ingredients used to make methamphetamine are highly corrosive, and crack cocaine is highly acidic as well.

“The striking similarities found in this study should be a wake-up call to consumers who think that soda — even diet soda — is not harmful to their oral health,” Bassiouny stated.

Academy of General Dentistry spokesperson Dr. Eugene Antenucci added that the frequency of diet soda drinking is also detrimental.

“People think that it’s innocuous,” Antenucci, who was not involved in the study, explained to CBSNews.com. “People think that there’s no harm in it. It’s not going to make me fat. We’ve been fooled to think that diet is good. We’ve been misunderstanding — decay isn’t caused by sugar, but by the acids.”

Antenucci understands that people want to drink soda, and he doesn’t support an outright ban. He just wants to remind people to drink in moderation.

If you are going to drink soda, he suggested rinsing your mouth with water after drinking or chewing some sugar-free gum with xylitol, which stimulates saliva.

“Saliva is almost like drinking a glass of water,” Antenucci pointed out. “It can wash away acid.”

For any oral health concerns Contact Glasscock Dental

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

The Tooth Fairy Provides Opportunity for Parents to Reinforce Good Oral Health Habits

Delta Dental of Virginia recently learned that kids received a record high payment for lost baby teeth in 2012. The average gift from the Tooth Fairy was $2.42 last year, up 32 cents from $2.10 in 2011, according to The Original Tooth Fairy Poll(R) sponsored by Delta Dental.1 The most common amount left under the pillow was $1 (51 percent).

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According to the poll, the Tooth Fairy was even more generous with kids who lost their first tooth, leaving more money for the first tooth in 46 percent of homes. On average, the amount given for the first tooth was $3.49.

“Leaving gifts from the Tooth Fairy is a great way to help make losing teeth less scary and enjoyable for kids,” said Dr. George Koumaras, dental director, Delta Dental of Virginia. “Delta Dental encourages parents to use the Tooth Fairy as an opportunity to talk about good oral health even before a child loses the first tooth. Caring for baby teeth is important, as they help children chew and speak properly and hold space for permanent teeth.”

In 2012, the Tooth Fairy visited nearly 90 percent of U.S. homes with children who lost a tooth. Delta Dental suggests the following ways parents can use the Tooth Fairy as a teachable moment:

  • Introduce the Tooth Fairy early on. Kids will start losing baby teeth around age 6. Before this age, parents can teach kids about the Tooth Fairy and let them know that good oral health habits and healthy teeth make her happy. Use this as an opportunity to brush up on a child’s everyday dental routine. Kids not wanting to brush and floss? Remind them the Tooth Fairy is more generous for healthy baby teeth, not teeth with cavities. This will help get kids excited about taking care of their teeth.
  •  Leave a note reinforcing good habits. A personalized note from the Tooth Fairy could be nearly as exciting for kids as the gift itself. Parents should include tips for important oral health habits that the Tooth Fairy wants kids to practice, such as brushing twice a day, flossing once a day and visiting the dentist twice a year. And, of course, parents should give the Tooth Fairy a special name. After all, Flossie or Twinkle is a bit more exciting than just Tooth Fairy.
  • Give oral health gifts. Although the Tooth Fairy left cash for kids in 98 percent of homes she visited, two percent of children received toys, candy, gum or other gifts. Consider forgoing cash and providing oral health gifts instead, like a new toothbrush or fun-flavored toothpaste. For readers, there are numerous children’s books about Tooth Fairy adventures in bookstores or online. The days of jamming a tiny tooth underneath a huge pillow and making the Tooth Fairy blindly grope around under a heavy sleeping head are gone. Special pillows with tiny, tooth-sized pockets attached are now available online, with themes ranging from princesses to ninjas and beyond. Some of the pillows can even be customized with your little gap-toothed child’s name. Or if parent, er, ahem, the Tooth Fairy, is feeling generous, kids could receive both cash and a new toothbrush.

“It’s hard for young kids to fully comprehend the importance of oral health” adds Dr. Koumaras, “but tapping into a child’s imagination can make taking care of teeth more compelling.”

For more information, visit http://www.theoriginaltoothfairypoll.com. The Tooth Fairy has come a long way in the past years. To get a sense of the taste and style choices of the Tooth Fairy and for some fun ideas, parents can follow her on Pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/origtoothfairy.

For any oral health concerns Contact Glasscock Dental

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