Thursday, April 27, 2017

6 Benefits of ClearCorrect Invisible Braces

Are you bothered by spacing, crowding, or misaligned teeth?  Maybe your parents never let you get braces when you were younger or you dread the thought of dealing with the metal brackets. Whatever your individual situation it's never too late to get the straight smile you have always wanted! 

THE PERFECT SOLUTION FOR YOU IS, CLEARCORRECT INVISIBLE BRACES.



There are so many benefits beside the most important, straightened teeth, that ClearCorrect offers, here are just a few!
  • No wires. No brackets. Clear Correct is virtually undetectable to your friends and family. Chances are only you will know you're undergoing orthodontic treatment. 
  • No scrapes or cuts from brackets, the aligners are custom fit to you individually with smooth edges
  • Removable! Unlike traditional bracket braces ClearCorrect is removable for cleaning and eating 
  •  No adjustments or broken wires which means less time in the dental chair for you.
  • Treatment is finished within a year to 18 months
  • A crooked and overcrowded smile creates hiding places for bacteria and decay. After CLearCorrect straightens your smile, your teeth will be easier to clean and have better defense against plaque buildup.

Whether you have that special day in your near future or simply have been putting it off for far too long, THE TIME IS NOW! What are you waiting for? Show off your smile. 

Come see us for a complimentary consult to discuss your future straight smile! Call Glacier Dental, 920235-3251, now to reserve a time that works best for you.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

5 Tips for Proper Flossing!

Have you flossed today? Make sure you are doing it at least once a day! If you don't floss, you miss cleaning 35% of the tooth surface! Missing that 35% of the tooth surface often leads to cavities, gum disease, and even tooth loss. 

Follow these 5 tips to maximize your flossing.

  1. 18 Inches around middle fingers:Unwind about 18 inches of floss, one side around your middle finger and the rest around the opposite middle finger.
  2. Thumb and pointer finger: Grasp floss tightly between your thumb and pointer finger and gently insert between your teeth.
  3. "C" shape: With the floss moving against the side of the tooth make a "C" shape.
  4. Up and down: Rub the tooth with the floss up and down while keeping the floss pressed against the tooth. It is important to do this movement slowly so you are not damaging your gums.
  5. Between ALL teeth: Lastly, floss between ALL of your teeth, even behind the very back ones. 

A toothbrush is simply not able to fit between your teeth leaving the bacteria to turn into plaque which, again, leads to cavities, gum disease, and even tooth loss. Floss is made specifically to help clean your teeth and prevent these things from happening and, lucky for us, it is a quick and easy task to add to our day. 

Yet another tip! The ADA suggests flossing before you brush. This will allow the fluoride in your toothpaste access more of the surface of your tooth making brushing more effective.

Think about it this way, your floss is a detailed paintbrush and the toothbrush is a paint roller. You could paint your kitchen with just one of them, but together your result is much more satisfying.

For more information on the importance of flossing or answers to other dental health questions, call Glacier Dental to reserve a time to talk to one of our dental health experts! 920-235-3251.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

What's the purpose of a Dental Filling anyway?


For hundreds of years, dental fillings have been used to restore teeth. Dental fillings are placed in teeth where a dentist has had to remove tooth structure due to decay or fracture. In recent years filling materials have been substantially improved by many technological advancements. Although silver amalgam was the dominant choice years ago, today we have several other preferred options for tooth restoration including tooth colored composite filling materials.



Why do you want a Composite Filling?
·        Decayed teeth require fillings to restore strength and health of natural teeth. Basically, if you want to keep your tooth around, a filling is going to put a halt to the decay. If you decide to not treat the decaying tooth by getting a filling you are putting yourself at risk that the decay progresses until the point where a crown is needed. Or, even worse, the tooth structure is not stable enough to be saved and they only option is to remove the tooth. It will never hurt or cost less than it does right now!

What is a Composite Filling?
The composite filling material is made of a synthetic composite resin (plastic material) that replaces the damaged or destroyed portion of tooth structure caused by trauma or decay. It bonds to the tooth and is sealed after to maintain the color, unlike the Amalgam (silver filling) that can get weak, expand or contract, even crack and leak.


At Glacier Dental we do not do amalgam (silver) fillings, but we do properly dispose of them when they are being replaced. If you are ready to schedule your filling appointment, call now, 920-235-3251!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Waterpik vs Floss: Which is right for you.

We all want a beautiful smile we can proudly flash a grin with, but taking care of your teeth and gums is about more than just looks. The result of poor oral hygiene includes cavities, gum disease, even tooth loss. The effects of poor dental hygiene doesn't stop there, gum disease has also been tied to heart disease. So what does all of this mean to you? Regular brushing is not enough to clean out food particles, plaque, and bacteria. The American Dental Association actually recommends flossing daily. Can you honestly say you floss everyday? Did you know that if  you don't floss you are missing 3% of the tooth surface? This is where the conversation of flossing, and by what method, with traditional floss or a Waterpik comes into play. 


WHAT IS A WATERPIK?
A Waterpik is also referred to as an oral irrigator which is a pressurized stream of water that cleans away the food particles, bacteria, and plaque between and under the gum line.

PROS:
  • Easier to use
  • Cleans between tight spaces
  • Clears out the hard to reach areas
Those who have braces, crowns, implants, or arthritis would greatly benefit from a waterpik because of the ease of use and ability to manure around and dental work. 

CONS:
  • May not remove all plaque
  • Cost
Waterpiks may be more costly than traditional floss and may not be able to remove all of the plaque on the tooth surface, which would mean the occasional use of  traditional floss. 

WHAT IS FLOSS?
Good old floss was first recommended in 1819 and was patent 55 years later. Today, floss comes in many flavors and can be a waxed or unwaxed strand.


PROS:
  • Cleans each tooth completely
  • easy to control
Traditional floss provides full control of the cleaning of each tooth as opposed to the, may be hard to handle, waterpik.

CONS:
  • May cause your gums to bleed
  • unable to reach difficult areas
If you have large hands, arthritis, braces, or other dental work it may be difficult to maneuver floss in an effective way. If only using floss be sure to rinse your mouth to remove the plaque that was scraped free from your teeth.

Regardless of which team you're on, the most important takeaway is that you are flossing daily to keep your teeth healthy and in your mouth for years to come. What side are you on? Team Waterpik or Team Floss? 

If you would like more information on flossing or want to purchase a Waterpik, call Glacier Dental of Oshkosh today, 920-235-3251!

An Experience to Smile About!

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 www.dentistryfromtheheart.org.

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 www.dentistryfromtheheart.org

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.
  • FLOSS
  • 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 is..as 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.



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!