Monday, June 27, 2016

Kick fear to the curb. It's time to get the smile you deserve!

There are few people on this world who actually enjoy going to the dentist, but it is crazy to think that over 40 million people completely avoid the dentist due to fear. At Glacier Dental our team completely understands that it isn't easy to take that first step of coming into the office and want you to know our number one priority is to listen to your concerns make you feel completely comfortable. 

The great news is there are several tools available to help ease your dental anxiety and make them a thing of the past. A cozy blanket, your favorite beveragelistening to music of your choice with headphones, or watching Netflix are all complimentary to our patients to help you relax. 

Lavender oil is a fantastic calming agent to use to help reduce those pre appointment jitters. Apply a couple drops to your wrists, in your diffuser, or to a pot of boiling water on the stove and experience its relaxing benefits.

Laughing Gas  (Nitrous Oxide) has been used for years to help aid patients through dental visits and is highly effective.

Sedation dentistry is an option for those who have a higher degree of anxiety about dental visits and want to feel relaxed on another level.Time will fly by as the doctor gives you a healthy mouth that looks and feels great. All treatment can be done in one visit, while you relax without a care in the world! 

No matter what your unique concerns may be Glacier Dental is here to listen and our excellent doctors will not start any treatment until you say you're ready. To see if you’re a good candidate for sedation dentistry, please call our office to set up a sedation consultation. Call: 920-267-4921.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Bye Bye 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! 

Friday, June 10, 2016

Silver or tooth colored fillings?

For the past 150 years Amalgam, better referred to as "Silver", Fillings have been present in dentistry; however, many dentists today will not use or recommend a "Silver" Filling. Instead most dentists would recommend a  Composite, better referred to as "tooth colored",  Filling. Why the change? What makes a "Tooth Colored Filling" more ideal?  

Amalgam is actually a combination of of metals including Silver, Mercury, tin, and copper. Sometimes small amounts of Zinc, Indium, or Palladium may be used as well. Although to many the concern with this type of filling is the content of Mercury and its toxicity the fact that this combination of metals is able to expand and contract is a bigger concern to many dental professionals While there is Mercury present, studies show that the release of the Mercury from everyday wear, chewing, and grinding of 5 fillings is about the same as the amount found in a tuna sandwich. 

On a daily basis we are seeing cracked teeth as a result of  the expanding and contracting of the metal in an Amalgam Filling. This leaves the tooth vulnerable in need of a Crown, Root Canal, or worse an Extraction. Not only is the Composite filling material able to bond with the tooth creating a seal to avoid cracks and future decay, it looks like your natural tooth!
To save yourself time and money in the future let our experts at Glacier Dental restore your teeth to your benefit with Composite Fillings. 

Friday, June 3, 2016

Thirsty days ahead!

Quench your thirst the smart way this summer! 

Summer has finally arrived and with that comes reaching for a ice cold drink to quench your thirst. Before you put the glass to your lips you may want to think twice, not all liquid refreshments are created equal. 

The American Dental Association released a new study that compares the pH levels of over 300 drinks and found that most are erosive to teeth. 

Glacier Dental wants to help you keep your pH levels in check while out and about this summer. Check out the pictures below to get an idea of what drinks may have the most negative impact on your oral health. 

Bottled Water (6pH)
Minimally Erosive
(greater than 4pH)

100% Orange Juice (4pH)

Sports Drinks
Extremely Erosive 
(less than 3pH)
If you do choose to enjoy a beverage that may be on the erosive side follow it by chewing a piece of Sugar free gum or Spry product to neutralize the pH levels and keep your mouth healthy!