Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Stop Your Cold Sore with Laser Therapy!

It begins with a tingling, itching, a painful area around your mouth or lips, a fever, sore throat, achy neck.... and then it appears, a COLD SOREIf you get them, you hate them!

After the blisters appear, the cold sores usually break open, leak a clear fluid, and then crust over and disappear after several days to 2 weeks. Cold sores, sometimes called fever blisters, are a group of small blisters around the mouth caused by the herpes simplex virus. The virus enters the body through a break in the skin and can be spread from a simple touch from one person to another. After the blisters appear, the cold sores usually break open, leak a clear fluid, and then crust over and disappear after several days to 2 weeks. For some people, cold sores can be very painful.

Some common cold sore triggers include:
  • Fatigue
  • Sun and Ultraviolet Exposure
  • Chapped or Dry Lips
  • Illness or Fever
  • Emotional and Physical Stress
  • Injury to Lips

How can you treat Cold Sores:

Normally cold sores will usually start to heal on their own within a few day and there are treatments including skin creams, ointments, and pills, however, these treatments will only heal the cold sore 1-2 days faster. Although they definitely take away the uncomfortable sensation and pain, there is a more EFFECTIVE SOLUTION, LASER THERAPY!

Benefits of Laser therapy for Cold Sores:
  • It destroys the virus causing the sore
  • instant relief
  • helps prevent if used at first sign of tingling
  • hurrys up healing process
  • very affordable
  • only takes a few minutes to complete
  • sore will not occur as intense or as frequent in that location
There is no cure once the virus infects the body, it stays there for your entire life. The great news is by having this laser treatment there is a great chance that you will not get another sore in that same location.

For immediate relief from your cold sore,  call Glacier Dental and get back to your day, 920-235-3251!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Spreading Free Smiles Across Oshkosh!

Spreading Free Smiles Across Oshkosh, Wisconsin
 Glacier Dental will host Dentistry From The Heart - providing more than 150 people with free dental care on Friday, May 5 , 2017.

 Glacier Dental will host Oshkosh’s annual Dentistry From The Heart  event – providing a free day of dental care to more than 150 residents.
The line will begin as early as 6am, with many  prepared to camp out in order to receive free services. Dentistry From The Heart patients travel from across Wisconsin each year to Glacier Dental in Oshkosh for the annual free day of dentistry, happening on Friday, May 5, 2017.
In 2001, Dentistry From The Heart started with New Port Richey dentist Dr. Vincent Monticciolo as a way to giving back to the community and provide aid to the growing number of Americans without dental insurance. Since its inception, Dentistry From The Heart has grown to include over 200 annual events nationwide and provided more than 45,000 people with free dental care services.
Annually, Glacier Dental and the team of dentists, volunteers and sponsors provide patients with a free extraction, filling or cleaning. This is the 4th annual event for Glacier Dental who has donate more than $160,000 in free dental care to more than 475 Oshkosh residents. 
“It all comes down to wanting to provide something greater to my community,” said Dr. Steckbauer. “The services provided by Dentistry From The Heart helps more than just a patients teeth, it gives them a renewed reason to smile.”
Join us on Friday, May 5, 2017 to spread free smiles across Oshkosh through Dentistry From The Heart  located at 1720 Congress Avenue, Oshkosh, WI 54901. For more information please visit

Dentistry From The Heart is a registered non-profit organization that provides free dental work for people those in need. In the past 15 years, Dentistry From The Heart events have contributed more than $8 million in free dentistry and helped more than 45,000 patients across the country. For more information, visit

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

6 Common Areas to Get Cavities

We all want to hear the Dentist say, "great job with your home care, no cavities!" right? Well here are 6 common areas that cavities form. Pay extra close attention to these 6 areas and you are sure to have a more positive exam at your next visit.

1. In the grooves or pits on the chewing surface of the back teeth. There are many grooves, called fissures, and pits on the chewing surface as well as the sides of the back teeth that tend to hold bacteria.

2. Between your teeth.Typically teeth touch each other on each side except for the ones all the way in the back. It is difficult for a toothbrush to reach the tight spaces between teeth which is why we use floss to clean that area of the tooth. Plaque can easily grow and create a cavity in this area, especially if you are not flossing!

3. At the margins of Crowns, Bridges, or other dental work. The area between the restoration and the tooth may not be completely smooth leaving space for bacteria to grow and cause decay of the tooth.

4. On the tooth just above the gumline.  This is commonly seen in people who drink sports drinks, soda, or energy drinks. It's believed that the acids pool around the gumline and create decay on the tooth.

5. On the Roots of teeth. When suffering from Periodontal Disease which is more commonly known as Gum Disease, also the leading cause of tooth loss, the bone and gums surrounding the teeth falls away. The receding of the gums exposes the root of the tooth which has a softer surface making the area more susceptible to decay, this is why it is so important to catch and treat gum disease in it's initial phases.

6.Teeth right next to a Partial Denture. Food can easily find its way and get trapped between a partial denture and a natural tooth. If there is also a metal appliance that fits around the tooth this is the ideal breeding ground for plaque to form. It is important to maintain regular denture cleanings and checkups to ensure a healthy mouth.

There you have it, 6 common areas where cavities form. If you want to hear the words, ""great job with your home care, no cavities!" come out of the Dentists mouth at your next visit be sure to bring focus to these areas while brushing and flossing. If you would like to learn more about your dental health, well being, and for all of your dental needs call Glacier Dental, 920-235-3251. An experience to smile about!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

What is the cost of missing teeth in how you live your life?

If you find yourself thinking , "Dental implants are just too expensive", you are not alone.

It's no secret that dental implants are not cheap, but have you ever thought about it this way? What is the cost of missing teeth in how you live your life?

The average American between the age of 35-49 is missing 7 teeth! Chewing healthy food and the inability to eat because of missing teeth can directly impact your overall health , weight, and digestive system just to mention a few. None of which are things anyone would gladly sacrifice. How much extra money are you willing to spend on other health care expenses due to missing teeth?

Not only are teeth the first thing we see when looking at another person. A healthy smile is at the top of the list, for many, when judging attractiveness, or even considering a potential employee. Are you able to attach a price tag to your confidence? A missed job opportunity? 

Dental  implants are often thought of as a cosmetic procedure but healthy teeth are not a luxury, they are a necessity.  Sure you could live a completely happy life without replacing a missing tooth, or teeth, but that doesn't mean you have to.

Do you find yourself hiding your smile? If you had to put a dollar in a jar every time you hid your smile, how quickly would it add up?

Call the Implant Experts at Glacier Dental take back your smile, 920-235-3251!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Cavities are contagious, learn how to stop spreading them!

Yes! Tooth decay is indeed contagious. Because there is bacteria in the tooth decay, it can be passed between people, similar to a bad cold.

Sugar is a big culprit for causing cavities, but they're also caused by certain types of bacteria. These bacteria release acids that break down the hard enamel on the outside of the teeth causing holes, better known as cavities. This bacteria can easily be passed by kissing, sharing food or even sharing silverware.

Another interesting fact, children are not born with cavities. More often than not, cavities are passed to them from their parents or caregivers. As long as the mom or dad have good oral health, their children should have good oral health too.

There are ways to avoid passing cavities from one to another, for example, if you drop a pacifier, do not put it in your mouth to clean it off and then place it in your child's mouth. Rather go to a restroom to clean it. A few more ways include avoiding sharing utensils, avoid kissing baby's lips, not sharing toothbrushes or even avoid pre-chewing food for youngsters if you do not have proper utensils to prepare it.

The best way to avoid cavities is by practicing good oral health. Brushing and flossing at least two times a day, and if you eat more acidic food adding an extra brushing afterward wouldn't hurt. Keep these tips in mind to help your children practice good oral health too!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

How to Stop and Prevent Bad Breath!

Ever wonder if you are one of those people everyone avoids getting close to because your breath is awful? Kick your bad breath anxiety to the curb!  Glacier Dental wants to help you to speak confidently.

Bad breath, also called Halitosis, varies depending on the source or cause and is quite difficult to detect on your own. We recommend asking a family member, close friend, or better yet your dentist to offer a confirmation on the matter. Many times your bad breath remedy calls for a simple commitment to your oral healthcare routine. Focus on your hygiene habits, brush your teeth and tongue twice a day, be sure to floss once a day to remove any debris between your teeth, and drink plenty of water and pay attention to your diet. If there is no improvement following your increased attention to your home care it is time to visit your dentist to see what the underlying cause may be.

There are many different causes leading to bad breath including, food, tobacco products, poor oral hygiene, dry mouth, infection in mouth, medications, or various systemic diseases so it is very important to to detect the root cause. The dentist may discover you have gum disease. Gum disease causes the gums to pull away from your teeth allowing pockets to collect bacteria. A professional cleaning will be recommended to remove that bacteria getting you back on track to crisp clean breath. The dentist may also find that decay is the cause of your bad breath in which the proper restoration will be recommended. Other recommendations if it is due to an oral health issue may be a prescription mouthwash or toothpaste. If your bad breath is not linked to an oral health issue your dentist may refer you to your primary care physician for it may be linked to a serious overall health condition.

A few additional tips to keep your breath fresh:

  • Brush your teeth after eating.
  • Brush your tongue.
  • Clean your Dentures or other Dental Appliances 
  • Avoid Dry Mouth
  • Stick to a healthy diet. Limit the sticky, sugary foods.
  • Replace your toothbrush regularly.
  • Schedule regular dental Check Ups.

It's time to speak confidently and stop relying on mints and gum to mask your bad breath! 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Why do I need a crown?

Glacier Dental of Oshkosh was one of the first dental offices in Wisconsin to have an E4D. What does that mean to you? Well, this state-of-the-art technology allows the doctors to design a crown for our patients in one day. That means, only one visit for you!

Now the question may be, what exactly is a crown and why are they needed? A dental crown is basically a "cap" that is placed over a tooth after the Doctor removes any decay or poor tooth structure. It is tooth-colored and looks just like every other tooth. It helps restore the original tooth's strength, shape and size.

There are several instances when a patient may need a crown and a few include: to help protect a weak tooth that may be cracked, to fix a tooth that may have a piece broken off, if a cavity is too large and there isn't much tooth structure left a crown may be the best/only option, crowns can be used for cosmetic work to make a tooth visually look better or to cover up yellowing, or crowns are used when a dental implant is done.

Throughout the crown process, the doctors of Glacier Dental will gladly answer any questions you may have. The patient is also numb throughout the process and will only feel pressure from the Doctor working on the tooth. The doctor will then use a 3D imaging camera to take pictures of your tooth and use the E4D software to design a crown that will function perfectly in your tooth.

The newly designed crown will then be made in office out of a piece of ceramic, and while this is happening, the Doctor will prep the tooth and get it ready for the crown to be bonded to the remaining tooth structure in your mouth. Sometimes there may not be enough tooth structure for the crown and a buildup is needed. A buildup is made up of resin, or the material a dentist would use to fill a cavity, and gives the tooth more of a base to place the crown on.

Finally the Doctor will bond the crown to your existing tooth/buildup and adjust it so your bite is back to normal. After your appointment, you'll be able to eat and drink right away...that long as you're not too numb!

A recent Glacier Dental patient had a crown done and said, "It's not as bad as I thought. There was great new technology and Dr. Steckbauer was very knowledgeable and made me very comfortable. It is important to take care of your teeth and Glacier Dental is a great place to be. You'll be in good hands." This same patient mentioned that prior to his appointment, he was extremely nervous and found any dental work to be uncomfortable because of his arthritis. But after the appointment, he realized it wasn't bad at all.

If you're concerned about a tooth that is broken, giving you pain or just doesn't feel right, give Glacier Dental of Oshkosh a call 920-235-3251! We'd be more than happy to schedule a consultation with you and go over any treatment you may need.