Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Glacier Dental offers Botox

Ever hear of a Dental office offering Botox?

Glacier Dental now has a Cosmetic Specialist-Dr. Heather Carpenter!

         Botox isn’t just for celebrities. It has several benefits almost anyone can take advantage of, all at affordable rates. Some of these include smoothing out dynamic wrinkles (wrinkles caused by regular muscle movement, such as a crease between the eyebrows), reducing headaches, helping to relax chewing muscles, and it can also help relax muscles in patients who grind their teeth a lot.
              And Botox isn't the only cosmetic option Dr. Carpenter offers. She also has the ability to plump lips and fill deep set wrinkles with a material called dermal filler. This is made of hyaluronic acid, which is a normal component of skin. This procedure can last anywhere from six months to one year. 

Join us for drinks and hors d'oeuvres on Wednesday February 18 at 6 p.m.and learn all the details about Botoxfrom the expert herself, Dr. Heather CarpenterRSVP before February 4 and you may be eligiblefor same day treatment!All NEW and CURRENT patientsare encouraged to attend! Please bring your friends!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

What is gingivitis and who has it?

According to recent studies, 50% of the US adult population is affected by gingivitis. Gingivitis is a very common and early form of gum disease. If left untreated can cause a mouth full of troubles.

To begin, how does gingivitis form. Sometimes brushing and flossing teeth is forgotten, when this happens a bacteria film develops on the outer layer of each tooth, called plaque. The plaque releases acids that break down tooth enamel causing tooth decay. After 72 hours the plaque solidifies and becomes tartar build up around gum lines. Tartar is very hard to clean off completely and it causes irritation to the gums, in return causing gingivitis.

According to WebMD, "Emerging research also suggests that people can be genetically more susceptible to developing gingivitis."

Symptoms of gingivitis include but aren't limited to: red swollen gums, bleeding gums (especially when flossing), sore gums that are tender to touch and/or mouth sores. Next time you brush and floss your teeth, pay close attention to your gums. Nearly 29% of American's assume bleeding during this process is normal, and that is not the case. Healthy gums should be light pink with no sensitivity to touch and no bleeding.

Want to know the good news? Gingivitis can be reversed. 

Here are few steps to help reduce the risk of gingivitis. 

1. Make sure you don't forget to brush two times a day and floss at least once. If you're forgetful, post reminders in your bathroom. Mouthwash is also helpful, there are antigingivitis, antibacterial, or antiseptic mouth rinse options. Use this after you brush your teeth to help clean out your gum pockets and clean any hard to reach spots.

2. If you don't see your Dentist and Hygienist regularly, start doing so. The hygienist is able to give a more thorough cleaning and help clear away plaque and tartar build up. It's important to have 2 cleaning appointments a year. If gingivitis worsens, it causes periodontal gum disease and instead of just 2 cleanings, 4 may be recommended after having a more serious gum treatment appointment. 

3. Eat healthy. It's a lifestyle change and probably can't be changed over night. If you drink a lot of soda a week and eat a lot of junk food, take baby steps to eliminating junk food in your regular diet. It's okay to have desserts in moderation, just be mindful. Not only will this help with excellent oral hygiene, it will also help with your body's overall health. And if you choose to have a soda or sweet snack, rinse your mouth with mouthwash to try to help move some of the sugars from your teeth and gums.

4. Smoking. We know we can't just tell a smoker to quit and magically he or she quits with no problem. But here's a bit of information that may start to change your mind about continuing to smoke as often. We all know it's bad for your heart and lungs, but did you know smoking and chewing tobacco puts you at a higher risk for gum disease, which leads to tooth loss? TOOTH LOSS. If you're willing to quit, do it! But just like eliminating junk food, it may not be that easy. Try to smoke less often, and celebrate small victories! If you take out 2 smoke breaks from your week, buy yourself lunch. The process will only get easier as you go, and your teeth and gums will really appreciate it.

If you have questions about whether or not you have gingivitis, ask your hygienist. At Glacier Dental we will let you know how healthy your mouth and gums are and whether or not extra steps are needed to help reverse gingivitis. There are some in office options, including using our pain-free Periolase to help eliminate bad bacteria and reducing gingivitis. Call today to schedule your next continuing care appointment: 


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Glacier Dental gives away a Cruise for Two!!

The wait and anticipation are over!
Tomorrow, Glacier Dental will be announcing the Cruise for Two winner!
The top 10 finalists will be coming to an in office celebration tomorrow night and we will post the winner on our social media pages! Stay tuned!
We would like to thank everyone who participated in this drawing. The best compliment our patients can give us, is by sending us referrals.
And now, we would love to inform you about our new 2015 prizes!
At the end of June 2015, one lucky patient will win a set of
His and Her cruiser Schwinn bikes!
It gets better...
At the end of 2015, one lucky patient will win a
Brand. New. Moped!
If you know someone in need of dental care, have them call 920-235-3251
We will make sure to give them the best dental experience ever!