Wednesday, February 1, 2017

3 Steps to Improve you Child's Dental Health.

February is Children's National Dental Health Month which hosts the perfect opportunity to to focus on the importance of those little mouths.

It's easy to fall under to conception that baby teeth do not matter all that much because they will soon fall out; however, that is far from the truth! The American Dental Association recommends that the first dental visit take place within 6 months after a child's first tooth erupts, or by the age of 1. Not only does this ensure that the child's mouth begins on a healthy journey, it also provides a familiar environment decreasing a potential fear to develop.

Did you know?
  • Tooth Decay is the MOST COMMON childhood disease.
  • 3 out of 5 children are affected by tooth decay.
  • Tooth decay in children is 5 times more common than asthma.
  • 51 MILLION HOURS of school are missed each year due to oral disease.
  • Every $1 spent on oral care prevention can save $8-$50 on emergency and restorative procedures

Here are 3 things you can do to improve your child's dental health.

1.  Limit the amount of sugary candies, drinks, or desserts a day  to 1-2 per day. The number of times sugar is in the mouth as opposed to the quantity is the number one factor in tooth decay.

2.  Help them with brushing.  Focus on where the teeth and gums come together and physically help them with brushing for 2 minutes, twice a day, until the age of 6 to ensure a proper cleaning.

3. Control the time with a sippy cup or bottle. Sipping from a sippy cup or bottle all day continually bathes the teeth in sugar. Limit the use to mealtime and avoid letting your child fall asleep with them.

The great news is tooth decay is almost entirely preventable with proper home care and regular 6 month continuous care visits! If you are looking for a compassionate dentist to provide individual care to your family, call Glacier Dental today, 920.235.3251!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Do you hate your CPAP, we have an alternative!

Do you dislike your CPAP device?  Or are you sick and tired of your loved ones snoring keeping you up at night?  Your full night's rest is closer than you could have imagined, Glacier Dental now offers an oral appliance for sleep apnea and snoring sufferers!

How does the sleep apnea appliance work?

These custom oral mouthpieces, often referred to as, sleep apnea mouth guards, are most effective in Sleep Apnea patients who have mild or moderate sleep apnea. 

The sleep apnea oral appliance works by moving the jaw forward. This increases the size of the upper airway reducing the air resistance that leads to sleep apnea and snoring.

These oral appliances for sleep apnea are often used as a substitute for CPAP or sleep apnea oral surgery. By reducing airway turbulence the appliance also stops snoring therefore making it an anti snoring device as well.

If you have been diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea and dislike your CPAP machine, give Glacier Dental a call to reserve a time, with our expert Dr. Heather Carpenter,  to discuss how you can finally get your sleep back! 

sleep apnea oral appliance dental device
sleep apnea oral appliance dental device

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Get a smile redo with veneers!

Ever wonder how so many  famous people seem to have the perfect smile? They're changing them, and you can too with veneers! 
A veneer is a thin porcelain or composite resin material that covers your natural tooth. Think of it  like the thin layer on a piece of furniture that gives it the look of natural wood. . It can mask discolorations, brighten teeth, and generally improve your smile.

Brighten Your Teeth

Over time, teeth become darker internally and wear down externally, making them appear even darker.
Many things may cause discoloration:
  • Smoking, coffee, tea, red wine, certain antibiotics

A Better Looking Smile

Veneers are used to change a tooth’s color, size, or shape. They are able to mask teeth that may be  stained or chipped. Veneers can also be used to fill in an unwanted gap between the two front teeth. 
According to a consumer study conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), a new smile can make you appear more attractive, more successful, and even more intelligent. The AACD survey found that the first things people notice about someone’s smile include:
  • Straightness, whiteness or color of teeth, sincerity of smile, if teeth are missing, and the sparkle of the smile.
Here's What to Expect
Whether having a veneer applied to a single tooth or a series of teeth the process may take up to three appointments. The first would be the consultation to discuss the treatment plan, preparing the tooth and bonding.

To prep the tooth the dentist will buff and reshape it to allow for the covering to fit correctly. This step may require you to be numb. Once the tooth is prepped a mold of the tooth is sent to the lab where your custom veneers is made just for you. The veneer is then bonded to the tooth with an adhesive material and a light beam used to harden the material. With the proper care such as regular brushing and flossing, avoiding foods and beverages that may discolor your smile the veneer should last for years to come. The replacement of veneers differs for each individual and your dentist will make that recommendation when the time is right. 

If you are ready for a smile redo, think veneers! Call the cosmetic experts at  Glacier Dental to get the smile of your dreams. 920.235.3251

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Relax and forget you were ever here!

If you are afraid of the dentist you are not alone, over 40 million people avoid the dentist because of their dental anxiety. Glacier Dental takes your concerns very seriously and wants to help you vanish your dental anxiety

It's time to get the smile of your dreams with sedation dentistry. By listening to your concerns and using the techniques of sedation dentistry our experts will ease your apprehension and make the entire experience pain free. 

If you're afraid of needles, there's good news: One of the most popular methods for delivering sedatives is by mouth. Oral sedation gives us a choice of medications that can be used in various situations. Inhalation conscious sedation — the delivery of nitrous oxide through a mask that fits over the nose — is another method that's needle-free, and provides a mild sense of euphoria during treatment, with no “hangover” effect afterward.

"I came in after not visiting the dentist for about 8 years. I was extremely nervous. I wasn't sure what to expect. I was very happy to find out how nice, helpful, and very informative everyone was. It made my experience so much better. I am very glad I came in to this dentist! Thank you all so much!" 
-Katelyn of Oshkosh

Call now to reserve a time to discuss your sedation options with one of our experts, 920.235.3251!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

It's so much more than 'just a cleaning"

Do you ever wonder why the American Dental Association (ADA) , and your dentist, recommend you come in every 6 months? The importance of regular dental visits are essential for the maintenance of healthy teeth and gums. If you need additional help your dentist may suggest more frequent visits.

What's happening during your visit?

During your appointment your dentist, or hygienist, will evaluate the health of your gums, check for tooth decay,  perform a head and neck exam looking for anything out of the ordinary, your mouth for any signs of oral cancer, as well as check the movement of your lower jaw. Your hygienist will then clean your teeth stressing the importance of maintaining proper at home oral hygiene. They will pay close attention to plaque and tartar. These two things build up very quickly between visits if good oral, at home, hygiene is not practiced. If the plaque and tartar are not removed it can harden on teeth, irritate the gums and lead to gum disease.  They will work to remove the stains from food, beverages, as well as tobacco.  

There are several routine parts to a dental exam including:

Head and Neck Exam

  • face
  • neck
  • lymph nodes
  • lower jaw joints (TMJs)

Clinical Dental Exam

  • oral cancer screening
  • examine the gums
  • look for signs of gum disease
  • loose teeth
  • tissue condition inside of mouth
  • tongue
  • check your bite
  • visual evidence of tooth decay
  • broken teeth
  • damaged fillings
  • evaluate any dental appliance 
  • contact between teeth
  • x-rays
Professional Cleaning
  • evaluate the cleanliness of your teeth and gums
  • remove any plaque and tarter
  • polish your teeth
  • Floss between your teeth
  • review recommended brushing and flossing techniques 
After your exam and cleaning have been performed any additional treatment recommendations will be made. As you can see, your 6 month routine visits are so much more than "just a cleaning".  By seeing your dentist  for your continuous care visits and by following a good, at home, oral hygiene routine, you are more likely to keep your teeth and gums healthy for years to come. 

At Glacier Dental we take pride in giving you the tools to have a healthy smile and look forward to building personal relationships with each of our patients. Has it been more than 6 months since we have had the pleasure of serving you? Give us a call today to reserve a time that works best for you, 920.235.3251!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Everything you need for a healthy stocking this Christmas!

Glacier Dental has everything you need to fill those stockings with  healthy alternatives, or additions, this holiday season! Some of the fantastic options are: whitening kits, whitening toothpaste, sugar free gum and mints, electric toothbrushes, waterpiks, and so much more!

Stop in to pick up your stocking stuffers or perfect gift for that health conscious family member today.

Glacier Dental Holiday Hours:
We will be Closed Monday, December 26th and Monday, January 2nd.

From all of us at Glacier Dental we wish you and your family a very happy holiday season!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Crowns in ONE Day at Glacier Dental!

Today's dentistry is a far cry from years past. Patients today do not need to settle for obvious silver fillings or metal crowns because there are treatment options available that look just as beautiful as a natural tooth. By treating a patient with the most up to date technology and minimally- invasive techniques, more tooth structure can be conserved allowing for a healthy strong smile. Technology is making today's modern dentistry more convenient, less time consuming, and more patient friendly.
Introducing the E4D Dentist System- Modern Dentistry that Fits Your Lifestyle.The E4D Dentist system allows dentists to create clean, fast digital impressions in a few minutes using a laser scanner in the mouth. This laser scanning technology is not only extremely precise when “capturing” all of the details of a patient’s smile, but is also as safe as the check-out scanner at a grocery store. Best of all, there is no need for a patient to hold unpleasant, possibly distasteful impression material in his or her mouth.
Once the digital impression is captured, a dental professional custom-designs a crown or veneer suited for the patient using a computer-based design center. From there, the information is sent to an in-office milling unit, where the patient’s crown or veneer is made. Shortly thereafter, it’s permanently seated in his or her mouth.

No Temporaries!The benefits of a single visit restoration go beyond saving you time. Your final crown, filling, or veneer can be seated in the same appointment so you can avoid the hassle of a temporary and a second office visit.

E4D — Right Around the Corner

You don’t have to travel far to experience the convenience and precision of E4D Dentistry. We’ve already invested in this innovative technology because we believe our patients deserve modern dentistry that fits their lifestyles. Simply call us at (920) 235-3251 and we’ll be happy to answer your questions about E4D Dentistry.