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Attention partial denture users!!!!

Are you tired of wearing a partial denture that uses wires to clasp around your teeth?

Tired of acrylic going across the roof of your mouth affecting your taste and speech?

Tired of using adhesive and glues to hold something in to replace your missing teeth?

Wishing you could not only replace missing teeth but enhance your existing smile?

Do you wish you could get something that eliminate all these issues? The answer is YES...A Snap On Smile is a partial denture that snaps over the existing teeth...

    WITHOUT wires....

    WITHOUT acrylic.....

    WITHOUT adhesives and glues....

Ask Dr.Glasmeier how a Snap On Smile can replace your old partial denture and give you the smile you always wanted along with the comfort!!!

Drinking Dilemma:
What Coffee and Wine Do To Teeth

It's been said that 'you are what you eat', but when it comes to oral hygiene, you are what you drink. And if you drink a lot of coffee and wine, you may be putting your smile at risk.

When most people worry about the 'damage' done to teeth by their favorite beverages - coffee and wine - they generally think in terms of the unsightly stains left behind. Now, staining, in and of itself, does not necessarily pose a true risk to the health of your teeth or your gums. But if you have stained teeth, it probably means that you've been 'playing hooky' when it comes to seeing your dentist and you may have unhealthy plaque on your teeth.

When plaque forms and hardens, it causes a calculus build-up known as tartar. Tartar is more easily discolored by coffee and wine than healthy enamel and that turns your smile from white to yellow or brown. But there's more to the problem than just discoloration. Plaque and tartar irritate the gums, leading to gingivitis and gum disease.

That's just the beginning...

Coffee is an acidic drink. That acidity is just as harmful to the health of your teeth as it is to the lining of your stomach, eating away the surface bit by bit. The more coffee you drink, the more acidic your mouth becomes. When that happens, calcium and phosphate can be pulled directly out of your tooth enamel.

The problem is that people have a tendency to drink coffee all day long, often adding a spoonful of sugar or two of sugar into each cup. And even those who are conscientious about brushing after meals often don't think to grab a toothbrush after those caffeine 'fixes.' The result is a double-whammy: the acid breaks down the structure of the teeth and the sugar promotes decay.

Can dentures be far behind???

Wine can be equally destructive. White wine has been shown to lead to the loss of tooth enamel, a condition which cannot be reversed. According to one study at Johannes Gutenberg University in Germany, adult teeth soaked in white wine for a day lost calcium as well as phosphorous up to a depth of 60mm in the enamel surface of the teeth. (Red wine is not known to promote rapid tooth erosion)

Are there any safeguards to help prevent tooth enamel loss without having to give up your favorite vintage? Yes! One tip is to be sure you eat when you drink.

Eating while drinking promotes the production of saliva, this in turn fights against the erosion of tooth enamel. Cheese is an ideal food to pair with white wine, for flavor and dental health. Cheese is a rich in calcium, which can counteract the acidity level of white wines.

And while it may seem counter-intuitive, you should refrain from brushing your teeth immediately after drinking white wine. Brushing too soon after consuming a very acidic beverage may damage the tooth's structure, says Mark Wolff, a professor and chairman of the department of comprehensive care at NYU's College of Dentistry. "Saliva has the capability of re-mineralizing the tooth structure and neutralizing damage, so give it 40 minutes to an hour before you brush your teeth," he says.

The good news is that despite the negative effects they may have, it's not really necessary to cut down on white wine or coffee if you enjoy them. But it is necessary to pay more attention to your dental hygiene.

Coupled with professional cleanings, timely brushing and regular flossing will allow you to eat, drink, and be merry without worrying about tooth or gum disease.


Teeth Whitening Myths Debunked


There are many myths about teeth whitening that Dr.Glasmeier will help clarify.


Myth- All teeth in the mouth will whiten.


Natural teeth will naturally whiten with bleaching material but tooth colored fillings, crowns, bridges, dentures (anything artificial) will not respond.


Myth-All bleaching materials are the same.


There are different types of bleach and different concentrations. The two most common are carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide. They both whiten teeth but at much different rates.


Myth- 10% carbamide peroxide is the same as 10% hydrogen peroxide are the same.


Absolutely not! 10% carbamide peroxide is only 3.5 % hydrogen peroxide while 10% hydrogen peroxide is 10 % hydrogen peroxide.


Myth- 10% hydrogen peroxide works better than 10% carbamide peroxide because only a small percentage is hydrogen peroxide.


Both materials will whiten the teeth equal but the exposure times differ between the two materials.


Myth- OTC whitening products are as effective as in office.


Materials dispensed by the dentist are typically stronger and have more research behind them warranting them as better choices.


Myth- Using boil and bite trays to whiten teeth is as effective as custom trays by the dentist.


Boil and bite trays can help whiten teeth but are more hazardous because if the material is held in secure, the patient can develop severe tissue burns on the gums and tongue.


Myth- Children cannot whiten teeth due to their age.


Dr.Glasmeier will allow children to whiten their teeth down to age 10 but a thorough assessment of the child's hygiene, temperament, and previous dental history dictates whether or not they would be a candidate.


Myth- OTC mouthrinses and toothpastes can whiten teeth.


Yes but not by the mechanism everyone thinks. Most of these products do have a peroxide ingredient which provides the chemical whitening. Majority of products claim whitening based on their ability to remove surface stain not by whitening! Just at look at the back of product!


Myth- People in braces cannot whiten their teeth.


Patients in braces can whiten their teeth around brackets and there are preliminary studies out showing that whitening while in braces can decrease the incidence of cavities

Question: If I want to whiten my teeth, should I whiten before or after my dental work.


Answer: Almost always you would want to whiten prior to commencing with your dental treatment. Modern teeth whitening techniques are designed to remove external stains from natural tooth structure. It is well known that there a variety of successful brands and techniques available that can help whiten stained and darkened teeth. However, in spite of the technological advancements, whitening materials have no effect on existing restorations in the mouth.


Restorations such as crowns, bridges, fillings, etc. will not respond to whitening. Because of this, it is encouraged to whiten before any major restorations are placed or there could be some discrepancies in the tooth colors.