Oral Health in America – Dentist Sandy Springs

Oral ExamFor too long, the perception that oral health is in some way less important than and separate from general health has been deeply ingrained in American consciousness.  Most adults show signs of periodontal or gingival diseases.  Severe periodontal disease (measured as 6 millimeters of periodontal attachment loss) affects about 14 percent of adults aged 45-54.

A Report of the Surgeon General[1]:

  • Oral health is more than healthy teeth.
  • Oral diseases and disorders in and of themselves affect health and well-being throughout life.
  • The mouth reflects general health and well-being.
  • Oral diseases and conditions are associated with other health problems.
  • Lifestyle behaviors that affect general health such as tobacco use, excessive alcohol use, and poor dietary choices affect oral and craniofacial health as well.
  • Safe and effective measures exist to prevent the most common dental diseases—dental caries and periodontal diseases.
  • There are profound and consequential oral health disparities within the U.S. population.
  • More information is needed to improve America’s oral health and eliminate health disparities.
  • Scientific research is key to further reduction in the burden of diseases and disorders that affect the face, mouth, and teeth.

Oral diseases are progressive and cumulative and become more complex over time.  They can affect your ability to eat, the foods we choose, how we look, and the way we communicate.  These diseases can affect economic productivity and compromise your ability to work at home, at school, or on the job.  Health disparities exist across population groups at all ages and incomes.

Oral health is essential to general health and well-being and can be achieved.  However, a number of barriers hinder the ability of some Americans from attaining optimal oral health. If we can be of service and eliminate some of these barriers, we’d like to help.  Our goals are to promote oral health, improve the quality of your life and eliminate oral health disparities.  Please contact us.

 Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 290A

Atlanta, GA 30328




[1] Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General. Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health, 2000.