Monthly Archives: June 2016

Why Americans Aren’t Going To The Dentist

Not Going to DentistMillions of people do not get the dental care they need according to a 2011 report from  the Institute of Medicine.  Even though dental care is important to ensure a persons overall health, there are many reasons why many people are skipping their regular visits to the dentist.

More than one-third of Americans in 2016 are facing  serious challenges in accessing dental care for reasons of lack of insurance, prohibitive cost, too few providers, mobility and transportation problems.  Unfortunately, regardless of the reasons, having prohibited access to dental care is a problem that needs to be solved.  We already know that your dental care is as important as seeing your medical doctor.  It doesn’t make sense in 2016 to see people dying from a tooth infection.

Over the past few years, there has been a number of cases of dental deaths in the news of people who have died from what started as a simple tooth infection. Most cases were do to prohibited cost or lack of insurance.

31 year old man dies from tooth infection.

24 year old father dies from tooth infection

12 year old Maryland boy dies from tooth infection

The office of David M. Glasscock believes that dental care needs to be accessible for all people. Our practice provides payment plan options to make your dental care treatments affordable.  By establishing regular dental visits and cleanings, you are less likely to need major restorative services in the future.

Give our office a call to find out how we can help you!

Phone: 704-510-1150

smile@glasscockdental.com

8430 Univ. Exec. Park Drive Suite 610, Charlotte, NC 28262

 

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Snack on Carrots First

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Next time you are looking for a healthy snack, consider having a carrot.  I personally prefer organic carrots but any carrot choice will do.  I’m sure you remember being told as a child “eat your carrots because they’re good for your eyes”. Well jack, that’s a fact and not a myth.  Mom was right.  Carrots contain Vitamin A which is a nutrient needed for good vision and the benefit of carrots doesn’t stop there.

Benefits of Carrots

Carrots provide a number of essential vitamins to provide overall good health.  In addition to Vitamin A, carrots provide vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, C, E , K,  fiber, manganese and potassium. They also provide you with some powerful antioxidants and phytonutrients,   One of the powerful antioxidants supplied, which gives carrots their color, is beta- carotene.  Beta-carotene in itself has some amazing benefits. It stimulates skin cell growth and builds collagen (which is considered to keep you looking young).  Several studies have shown that beta-carotene can protect the body from cancers and heart disease. The studies have also shown it can lower your cholesterol and reduce your chances of having a heart attack.

Carrots and Your Teeth

Eating raw carrots should be incorporated into your daily routine.  Raw carrots, when being eaten, are abrasive.  This abrasive vegetable stimulates your gums and eliminates sticky plaque from your teeth.   While chewing a carrot, your mouth produces lots of saliva.  The production of saliva benefits your teeth and gums in multiple ways.  Saliva washes away food and debris from your teeth and gums. It also plays a huge role in regulating the bacterial growth within your mouth.  It is acidic which aids in the prevention of plaque as well as calcium rich which aids in the process of strengthening your teeth.

So, with that being said, the next time you wander off the to refrigerator to search for something to snack on, grab the carrots first.  This healthy choice could be your first step to a healthy happier you.