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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

 

Straight Teeth have Health Benefits

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Most people think straightening their teeth is strictly for appearance purposes. Very few people know of the health benefits associated with a straight healthy smile.  The office of Dr. David M. Glasscock Family and Cosmetic Dentistry would like to give you some reasons to think about why you should consider straightening your teeth.

HEALTHIER TEETH AND GUMS

Crowded teeth or having teeth too widely spaced can cause swollen, red gums. When your teeth are properly aligned, it helps your gums fit more securely around your teeth.  Properly aligned teeth are easier to clean well.  When teeth are moved forward or back, it is easier to miss areas when trying to maintain your daily oral care. Missed areas on tooth surfaces can lead to bacteria and plaque build up which will ultimately lead to tooth decay and cavities.

Protruding Teeth

Teeth that are protruding are more likely to be broken in some sort of accident.  Teeth that protrude are also more likely to cause injury to a lip or the inside of your mouth do to an accidental bumping.

Problems with Teeth

Teeth that are not aligned properly show signs of abnormal wear more frequently. It also can cause problems with chewing, excessive stress on gum tissue and your bones that support your teeth.  Misalignment of your jaw joint can lead to frequent headaches , jaw pain, and neck pain.

Overall Health

They say that your mouth is the window to your bodies health.  Properly aligned teeth and jaw may alleviate physical health issues.

The office of Dr. David M. Glasscock offers Clear Correct as an alternative to metal braces.  If you are looking to make a healthier better you, give us a call to set up an appointment to see what Clear Correct can do for you.

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

704-510-1150

Fax:

704-510-1220

Save the Date! Saturday, October 5th

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The Office of Dr. David M. Glasscock ask that you join Team Glasscock in support of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.  

This worthy event will happen on Saturday, October 5th at Marshall Park.  All are welcome to join us! 

Team Glasscock will meet  in front of the race registration building between the hours of 7:00am- 7:30am.  Come join us dressed in your favorite pink colors to show your support to finding a cure for breast cancer.  The recreational 5k starts at 7:50am.

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List of Events on October 5th-Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure-Marshall Park

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If you are wondering how to make a donation to support Breast Cancer, let us help!  If you click the link below, you can donate directly to the Susan G. Komen Charity.   Team Glasscock is also excepting donations at our office.  Please feel free to contact our office for details.  Let’s put an end to Breast Cancer.

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Myths About Gum Disease

Myths About Gum Disease

Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. It is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Because gum disease is usually painless, you may not know you have it.

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MYTH #1: Gum disease is not that common.

On the contrary, gum disease is extremely common, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which notes nearly half of adults over age 30 suffer from some form of gum disease. Gum disease, an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth, is caused by plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that is constantly forming on our teeth. Plaque that is not removed with thorough daily brushing and cleaning between teeth can eventually harden into calculus or tartar.

MYTH #2: I don’t have any cavities so I can’t have gum disease.

Being cavity-free doesn’t ensure you are in the clear where gum disease is concerned. That’s because gum disease is painless and many people have no idea they have it. Gums that bleed easily or are red, swollen or tender is a sign of gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease and the only stage that is reversible. When caught early gingivitis can usually be eliminated by a professional cleaning at the dental office, followed by daily brushing and flossing.

MYTH #3: Having gum disease means I’m going to lose my teeth, right?

Not so! You don’t have to lose any of your teeth to gum disease if you practice good oral hygiene. That means brushing your teeth twice a day, cleaning between your teeth daily, eating a healthy diet, and scheduling regular dental visits. Even if you are diagnosed with gum disease, your dentist can design a treatment plan to help you keep it under control.

MYTH #4: Bleeding gums during pregnancy is normal.

While it’s true that some women develop a condition known as “pregnancy gingivitis,” it’s not true that everyone experiences this. You can help prevent this condition by taking extra care during your brushing and flossing routine. Your dentist may recommend more frequent cleanings to prevent this.

MYTH #5: Everyone has bad breath sometimes. It doesn’t mean they have gum disease.

Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth can be an indicator of gum disease and other oral diseases so it is important that you uncover what’s causing the problem. If constantly have bad breath, make an appointment to see your dentist. Regular checkups allow your dentist to detect any problems as your bad breath may be the sign of a medical disorder. If your dentist determines that your mouth is healthy, you may be referred to your primary care physician.

MYTH #6: I have diabetes. Does that mean I will get gum disease?

Diabetes is a chronic disease which affects your body’s ability to process sugar. The resulting high blood sugar can cause problems with your eyes, nerves, kidneys, heart and other parts of your body. Diabetes can also lower your resistance to infection and can slow the healing process. If you have diabetes, you are at greater risk of developing some oral health problems, including gum disease, so it’s important that you are extra diligent with your oral health. Always brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, and see your dentist regularly.

For more info visit http://www.mouthhealthy.org

For any oral health concerns Contact Glasscock Dental

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

Cosmetic Dentistry- Is it worth the cost?

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  • 63% – Percentage of people who say they look best in photos when they are showing their teeth.
  • 99.7% – Percentage of adults who say an attractive smile is an important personal asset.
  • 74% – Percentage of people who say that an unattractive smile can hurt a person’s chances for business or career success.
  • 23% – Percentage of people who say they look the best with their mouth closed.

Statistics prove over and over again that a healthy, beautiful smile is important to the success of your life. Some people underestimate the power of a beautiful smile and perfect teeth. That is why they don’t invest much on their dental treatments. They think that visiting a dentist is the last thing that they should do.  The office of Dr. David M. Glasscock DDS is here to tell you they are wrong.

Statistics tells us over and over again that your smile is the most important asset you  own.  It helps you get a job, makes you attractive to the opposite sex, and even helps you in establishing friendships.  Why wouldn’t you want to invest time and effort into something that provides you so much help in your life?

Some of us are just not blessed with the prefect smile.  We might need a little help.  Thankfully we live in a time where technology can fix the imperfections we were given.  Do to the advancements  in dental health, we can correct almost any problem.

Is cosmetic dentistry expensive? It can be.  It really depends on what needs to be done to determine the cost of treatment.

Is it worth the investment?  YES

Why is it worth it?  Having an attractive smile will help you live your life to its potential.  Do you want to be held back because of bad teeth? The investment of a healthy smile will improve your  overall health, your confidence and attractiveness to the people around you. 

Call the office of Dr. David M. Glasscock DDS.  We provide all aspects of Cosmetic Dentistry to the people of Charlotte and surrounding areas of NC.  Our goal is to provide you the most comprehensive treatment at a fair and reasonable price.  We want to make you smile!

Payment plans are available.

 

Track Your Oral Health with ADA Symptom Checker App

Patients can check symptoms, find treatment recommendations

CHICAGO, Jan. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — There are apps for everything from purchasing shoes to scheduling restaurant reservations, but how about an app for your toothache? The American Dental Association (ADA) has introduced the ADA® Dental Symptom Checker™ on MouthHealthy.org to provide patients with accurate information about their oral health symptoms as well as help them become better-informed when making decisions about their oral health.

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After entering their age and gender in the ADA Dental Symptom Checker, patients can identify the location of the symptom they’re having and other factors, such as pain or swelling, and read about various conditions that fit that description. The Symptom Checker is not meant to diagnose or replace the role of the dentist. In fact, many of the conditions emphasize the importance of seeing a dentist or physician.

“Often times a patient will wait until a dental appointment to mention a recent oral health issue such as a bitten tongue or mouth,” said Ruchi Nijjar Sahota , D.D.S., an ADA consumer advisor spokesperson who practices general dentistry in Fremont, Calif. “The ADA app is designed to give patients the power to learn more about what’s happening in their mouths so that they can make an educated decision on what they might have and what needs to be done to treat it. This information makes it easier for the patient to communicate with their dentist about their oral health.”

The ADA designed the app to help build consumer awareness of the importance of oral health and recognize the benefits of regular dental visits.

“As advocates for America’s oral health, the ADA strives to educate people about the value of good dental care,” Dr. Sahota added. “This app is a teaching tool for today.”

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In developing the ADA’s new consumer-focused MouthHealthy.org, consumers surveyed for the website identified a symptom checker tool as the most requested feature. The ADA Dental Symptom Checker is now available as an interactive Web platform on MouthHealthy.org, as well as a downloadable app on iTunes and Google Play.

The ADA launched the award-winning MouthHealthy.org website in June 2012 to reach the 80 percent of Internet users who seek health information online. Consumers can find oral health concerns organized by life stages, A-Z topics with videos, ADA Seal of Acceptance products, and tips and activities to make oral health care fun for kids.

The ADA Dental Symptom Checker is now available as an interactive Web platform on MouthHealthy.org, as well as a downloadable app on iTunes and Google Play.

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Contact Glasscock Dental with any of your oral health concerns.

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

Are Australian Teeth Healthier?

The case against sugar-sweetened soft drinks is shaping up as a significant new health frontier.

On one side, the drinks industry promotes products as a harmless, fun-filled part of a normal diet.

On the other side, are the health groups whose job it is to warn the public that sugary drinks are fuelling an obesity epidemic that has disastrous implications for general health and risks later-life heart disease and diabetes.

The facts are alarming. One standard soft drink, consumed by most children without a second thought, hides in it 16 teaspoons of sugar. A daily dose of this can lead to a weight gain of more than 6kg a year.

Soft drinks in America are now the largest single source of calories in the US diet, accounting for more than 7 per cent of total daily energy intake.

Australia is not far behind, although they are not quite so hooked on the super-sized drinks that ordinary Americans consume without effort.

In New York, the health lobby has prevailed to the point of restricting the sale of gargantuan sugary drinks that deliver obscene amounts of kilojoules.

Of course anyone intent on over-consuming can and will do so by going to a second outlet and buying another but the message is there.

In Australia there are three leading health groups, the Cancer Council, Diabetes Australia and the National Heart Foundation, that have joined forces to inquire into taxing soft drinks and looking at other American-style restrictions on sales.

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They are also pushing for government support for a public education campaign to ensure children drink mainly water and low-fat milk – not Coke.

It is widely accepted that it is best not to eat foods in which sugar is the main ingredient; this includes soft drinks, cordials and lollies which are primarily sugar and lack additional nutritional value.

The focus so far has been on the risk to dental health from the frequent consumption of acidic and sugary drinks which are a key factor in the deteriorating dental health of Australian children.

If you or your children indulge in sugary drinks it is important to keep up with routine cleanings.  Contact Glasscock Dental for more information.

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