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

Senior Dental Services | Dentists Sandy Springs

Sandy Springs Geriatic dentist near me
Aging patients need special care.

Elderly patients often experience a variety of dental issues specific to aging adults. The Right Smile Center offers in-house senior dental care in Sandy Springs from specialists who understand geriatric dental issues including those related to gum disease, tooth decay and the need for dental replacements. Medicare does not provide any coverage for dental services, and only 1 of 5 Americans aged 75 years or older has any type of private dental insurance.

Dr. Scheinfeld, a prosthodontist, is ranked by Forbes magazine as the nation’s rarest professional specializing in geriatric dentistry in and around metro Atlanta for decades. And her daughter, Dr. Orland spends many hours traveling to numerous nursing homes around metro-Atlanta to provide the elderly with their much needed oral care.

Our senior dental services are provided in a comfortable environment attuned to elder care. Our goal is to deliver highly individualized treatment to meet the unique needs of each patient. Call today to see about your loved one’s needs.  Call for an evaluation of your oral health care needs.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328