Alpharetta Dentist: Oral Health in an Aging Population

Aging Patients
Our elderly patients require special expertise to be treated.

More and more, oral health care is playing a greater role in maintaining our aging population.  It has become vital to older patients as it relates to their overall global health.  Oral conditions affected 3.9 billion people, and untreated caries in permanent teeth was the most prevalent condition evaluated for the entire Global Burden of Disease 2010 Study (global prevalence of 35% for all ages combined).[1] Oral conditions combined accounted for 15 million disability-adjusted life-years (DisabilityALYs) globally, implying an average health loss of 224 years per 100,000 population.[2]

DisabilityALYs due to oral conditions increased 20.8% between 1990 and 2010, mainly due to population growth and aging.[3]  By 2015, the US population is expected to increase to 312 million (3.08 million in 2010) and 14.7% of the population will be aged 65 years or older.  While effective preventive measures exist for younger populations (water fluoridation, dental sealants and parents), no preventive measures have been devised to address the expected increase in oral health needs of the aging population.

IADR President Helen Whelton from the University of Cork, Ireland, elaborated, “The fact that a preventable oral disease is the most prevalent of all 291 diseases and injuries examined in the GBD 2010 is quite sobering and should cause all of us to redouble our efforts to raise awareness of the importance of oral health to policymakers.” The dental profession has an opportunity to take a leadership role in the delivery of health care services to the seniors who have contributed so vitally to our society’s well-being and who deserve to be treated with the best oral health care we have to offer.  This can only be accomplished with a better educated population.  Dr. Scheinfeld is a prosthodontist specializing in geriatric care.  The Right Smile Team, including in-house periodontics is designed to treat our aging population.

Call for an evaluation of your oral health care needs.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328


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[1] Wagner Marcenes, Queen Mary University, London,  IADR/AADR Journal of Dental Research

[3] Ibid


Dentist Sandy Springs: Teeth Stains?

Teeth whitening
The benefits of teeth whitening are amazing.

Tooth discoloration and staining causes embarrassment and self-consciousness.  Many of the causes are under your control (some are not).  The following is a brief list of some causes and cures:

  1. Drinks: Coffee and tea tend to stain teeth.  Periodic professional cleanings and in-office tooth whitening reverse these effects.
  2. Tobacco:  Smoking and chewing tobacco have an adverse effect on tooth color, gingival health, and breath.  Quit smoking.  But if you’re not, periodic in-office cleanings and profession tooth whitening minimize the discoloring effects of smoking.
  3. Dental Restorations: Metal restorations tend to breakdown at the edges and may reduce the transparency of tooth enamel.  Replacing metal fillings with tooth colored composites or porcelains reverses these effects.  Even tooth-colored restorations stain with time and may need replacement.
  4. Age: With aging comes tooth staining.  The outer tooth enamel wears down with time, causing teeth to turn more yellow.  Porcelain veneers or dental bonding replace that worn layer and restore the youthful glow of teeth.
  5. Chemicals and Medications:  During the tooth development of a child, certain antibiotics such as tetracycline or excessive ingestion of fluoride can cause permanent tooth staining.  Though these stains cannot be cleaned or whitened, porcelain veneers or composite bonding can give the stained teeth a new look.

In addition to the causes listed above, trauma and genetics play a role in changing tooth color. Keep your teeth whiter and brighter by regular dental cleanings (which usually include stain removal and polishing) and ask us about our cosmetic options to get the right smile.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200B

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328



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Information included is not dental or medical advice.  For your specific information

 be sure to consult your dentist.


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