Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Fluoride? Why would an adult need fluoride??

More often than not, dental offices do not offer adults fluoride varnish treatments at their continuing care appointments because insurance companies typically only cover fluoride for children. However, adults truly do benefit from fluoride treatment,  sometimes more than children.

At Glacier Dental, the hygienists offer a topical fluoride varnish to all patients. The benefits of having the fluoride placed on your teeth include: strengthening the tooth from the outside in and reducing tooth sensitivity. It also adheres directly to the tooth and is not swallowed, in return not harming your body internally.

Similar to your skin, your teeth have pores all over them. After your routine cleaning, the fluoride would be placed on your teeth with a little brush, similar to a paintbrush. Your teeth absorb the fluoride through the pores and in return your teeth become stronger from the outside in. The fluoride itself feels like a coating on the outside of your teeth, once placed it is advised you don't eat anything crunchy or drink anything too hot for four hours, as it will scrape/melt the fluoride off your teeth.

Although it is recommended to have fluoride varnish placed at your six month cleanings, it is most effective for the first 90 days. If you're prone to getting cavities fluoride is a great option to help fight back. Recent studies have actually shown teeth that have very small cavities starting can actually be reversed with the repeated application of fluoride at your appointments. Glacier Dental also offers a take home tooth-paste with extra fluoride in it called Prevident. It is used just like normal tooth paste and helps gap the bridge between the end of the 90-day effectiveness and your upcoming cleaning appointment.

If you have any other questions regarding fluoride, be sure to ask your hygienist at your next continuing care appointment!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Glacier Dental in the Community!

Did you see us?
Last Thursday Glacier Dental took part in the Oshkosh Holiday parade! As an office, we strongly believe in a well-rounded and blooming community. We are very thankful for all the local business who help make Oshkosh a wonderful place to be in.
In addition to the Holiday Parade, Glacier Dental is also helping a local food pantry this month and we're doing a toy drive next month. This month, we are collecting any and all non-perishable food items to and then we will spend some time at the food pantry to help stock the shelves. Next month we will be donating the toys to children in need.
We love giving back to the area, when we can and where we can.
If you know of anywhere in the community that is searching for volunteers, give Glacier Dental a call or email and we'd love to see what we can do to help out.
We also just want to say thank you to all the small businesses in town! Within the next few weeks make sure you check your mailboxes for a thank you letter with a special offer just for you and your team!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Glacier Dental donates to local food pantry!

To help out the Oshkosh community,
Glacier Dental is collecting non-perishable food items
to donate to a local food pantry!
We are asking any patients who
have upcoming appointments
to bring any items they'd like to donate,
and in return we have an extra
special gift for the patient!
Anyone in the community is
 welcome to drop off
canned goods. The pantry is
looking for canned soups,
canned peas and canned
meats, such as tuna.
At the end of November, Glacier Dental team members will
head out to the food pantry and help stock the shelves!
We truly appreciate everyone's donations to
help the less fortunate
have very fortunate holidays!!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Inexpensive Cold Sore Treatment at Glacier Dental!

If you've ever had a cold sore, you know how painful and annoying they can be. A cold sore similar to a group of small blisters. When they first form they are reddish yellow and when they break open a clear liquid is present. This clear liquid can be contagious, so it's important to treat a cold sore as soon as it is detected. Without treatment a cold sore will scab over and take several weeks to heal.

Cold Sores
The cold sore virus usually stays in the person's body forever. Often times they appear at times of stress, sickness, or even being in the sun too long.

An over the counter remedy to cold sores is viroxyn. This is a liquid medication that is dabbed directly on the cold sore to help reduce pain in about three days. It also helps reduce the risk of spreading the cold sore.

The best option to help treat a cold sore, is by coming to Glacier Dental and allowing Dr. Steckbauer or Dr. Carpenter to use the Periolase on the infected area to kill the virus. The Periolase helps prevent the eruption of cold sores, make them less painful, and make them heal faster. It is a very quick procedure and only costs $10 per treatment. As an added bonus, it does not require numbing or injections of any sort.

In addition to treating an existing cold sore, if one is found before it starts to turn color and become a noticeable blemish, the Periolase can help treat it and prevent it from forming at all. So if you have a reoccurring cold sores, stop by Glacier Dental for your Periolase treatment today!