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

404-256-3620

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

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

[3] Ibid

Cosmetic Dentistry? Alpharetta Dentist

mature women smiling3Generally, cosmetic dentistry performed by a general dentist is centered on improving your appearance, not the functioning of your teeth nor bite.  Many dentists refer to themselves as “cosmetic dentists” regardless of their lack of specific education, specialty, training, and experience in the field. This has been considered unethical particularly as it relates to the objective of marketing to patients.[1]  Cosmetic dentistry  has never been recognized by the American Dental Association as a formal specialty area of dentistry.[2][3]  However, there are still dentists that promote themselves as cosmetic dentists. It’s misleading and infers that a ‘cosmetic dentist’ has some form of credentialed training.  Ironically, ‘cosmetic dentists’ continue to tout themselves as members of the ADA.

Unfortunately, merely correcting the patients aesthetics without giving consideration as to how the mouth functions is a disservice to the patient.  There are only 2 specialties recognized by the ADA that consider the patient’s aesthetics and function during treatment, prosthodontists and orthodontists.  They are formally trained specialists[4] recognized by the ADA that undergo a minimum of 2–3 years full-time rigorous education program after dental school graduation.  These specialties are the paths that lead to board certification approved by the ADA.  Forbes Magazine ranks Prosthodontists as the rarest dental specialist in the U.S.

So the next time you are contemplating ‘cosmetic dentistry’ consider a Pro, a Prosthodontist.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

Prosthodontist

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3658

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

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[1]  Maihofer MG (February 2009). “Cosmetic dentistry is not a recognized specialty”. The Journal of the Michigan Dental Association 91 (2): 18. PMID 19288658.

[2] Ibid

[3] “American Association of Public Health Dentistry”.

[4] Dentist trained in a post doctorate University program.

Alpharetta: Dental Spas?

Dental spa near meIs a dental spa more about building confidence and changing lives? While you get your dental work done, do you want a facial?  Ancient civilizations such as the Greeks and Chinese all used certain methods to relax a person suffering from ailments such as a toothache. The “barber surgeon” in the 18th and 19th century allowed barbers to perform some dental procedures as well as shaves and haircuts.[1] The term “spa dentistry” (presently synonymous to dental spa) actually was used in the 18th century to describe dental practitioners in Bath England.[2] Dr. Curris, a female dentist in 18th Century Bath England likely created the first dental spa offering patients dentistry with skin and bodycare.

The terms, “dental spa” and “spa dentistry,” began to be more publicly used in the late 1990s.[3] In 1998, Lorin Berland DDS, reserved the name DallasDentalSpa.com.[4] An estimated nine to fifteen percent of the American population—about 30 million to 40 million people—avoid essential dental care because of fear or anxiety.[5] [6] Although there are many variations, adapters of the dental spa concept generally offer cosmetic, general, and restorative dentistry with a key focus on making the visit a pampering and pleasant experience.  But does it really work?

In our practice we are committed to the goal of making your next dental health experience a stress-free, restful, and yes, even enjoyable.  Our profession dictates we offer you quality oral health care with unprecedented patient service, but do we need to offer you a warm towel or should we give away free laughing gas?

We’re a multi-specialty practice which means we can treat a lot of your oral health issues and cosmetic dentistry under one roof.  But we are not all things to all people.  We understand there are those in the profession that seek to distract you from what’s really important.  We recognize you’re our number one priority, and we do this by focusing on delivering you the highest quality oral health care we can.  Whether you’re in for routine maintenance or full mouth reconstruction, we are dedicated to providing unprecedented oral health care.  We change lives with the right smile, one that’s beautiful as well as functional.  We bring a tremendous amount of old school experience using proven techniques and technology.

Call us for a free consultation.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Bock, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

and

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

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[1] Dental+Spa=Blackjack, American Dental Association 147th Annual Scientific Session, October 19, 2006.

 

[2]  Fawcett, T., Spa dentistry: practitioners in 18th century Bath. May 1996.

[3]  (April 9, 1997). The Sacramento Bee (“The Dental Spa” teeth whitening salon opened May 1, 1997 in California.

[4] Wahl, P., Hollett, L., Hegarty, G. KNOCKS and Rubs of Dental Spas Dental Economics (Sept. 29, 2004).

[5] WPTV, May 14, 2008, Dental Spa

[6] WFTV, June 17, 2008, Patients Relaxing in Dental Spas

Alpharetta Dentist: How often should I get my teeth cleaned?

dentist near meThere is no simple answer.  That’s not what you thought the answer would be. However, I read a recent article suggesting that one cleaning per year may be enough for a certain portion of our population.  And yet the article suggested that for those with one or more of the three risk factors – smoking, diabetes and genetics- 2 dental cleanings would be necessary.  And for the segment of our population with 2 or more of the 3 risk factors, more than two times a year may be needed.  So where do you fit in, are you zero or three for risk factors?[1]

What the study failed to address is a genetic factor that would necessitate 3 or more visits per year?

We know there are those who are at greater risk, but we don’t have a scalable method to determine those with increased risk and those who are not at risk.  And to compound the issue, the insurance companies won’t allow dentist to diagnose for the difference.  Each patient presents a unique set of characteristics, but is treated by insurance companies in a cookie cutter approach.  As a result both patients and doctors are left to navigate what would otherwise be personalized medicine.[2]

As a health care provider I tried to distance myself from what the insurance industry dictates and stay true to my professional teachings.  However, as a society we need to change how we look at our global health care system.  One of the aspects the study failed to address is that Concordia Insurance has found that those patients who seek routine oral care on a regular basis reduce their overall health costs and improve their global health. So by correlative analysis, it would make sense to see your dentist at least twice a year.

If we can help you determine a more personalized treatment please give us a call, because what your insurance will pay is at the bottom of consideration in our practice.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

and

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

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Alpharetta: Complete Dentistry without Warm Towels

SpaQuality oral health care with unprecedented patient service.

We’re a multi-specialty practice which means we can treat a lot of your oral health issues and cosmetic dentistry under one roof.  But we are not all things to all people.  And we aren’t trying to be all things to all people.  We focus on your oral health as it relates to your global health, not as your dietician or physician and we shouldn’t be.

We can work with these specialists as a support team to what you eat and how your oral indicators might lead to other gateway issues.  While we are intimately involved in your wellness by keeping your oral health issues at a minimum, if not completely eliminated, we don’t tell you to eat more avocados and fewer bananas.  We do tell you to drink less soda because that directly relates to your oral health.  So it’s a balanced approach.

We recognize that a lot of things have changed in oral health care.  And we have been conservative leaders in the process.  We were one of the early practices that treated general patient pools with prosthodontic expertise.  We’ve been doing dental implants for over 18 years.  We were one of the first to use digital x-rays 12 years ago.  But we haven’t introduced warm damp towels into our practice and we don’t do massages.[1]  Nor do we douse you with laughing gas.  We can’t be all things to everyone, because it’s a distraction from what we need to do and that’s creating the right smile for you and your loved ones.

For over two years we offer in-house endodontics, but refer out if we see the need.  We also offer in-house periodontics and implant placement to complement our restorative and cosmetic practice.  Whether you’re in for routine maintenance or full mouth reconstruction, you will enjoy unprecedented oral health care from a group of experienced dentists.  We are focused on your oral health and quality of life as it relates to your oral health.  Our team is devoted to changing your lives with the right smile that’s both beautiful and functional, all within your life style.  We’re a lot of old school experience operating with new techniques and technology.

So if you’re looking for quality care from a group of professionals that really care about you, gives us a call or check out our reviews and see what other patients have said about their experience with the Right Smile Center.

www.rightsmilecenter.com/reviews

Novy Scheinfeld, ZoAnna Scheinfeld, Hanna Orland and Sidney Tourial

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

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[1] Dr. Scheinfeld is also a Physical Therapist, so knows how to apply massage therapy if she had to.

Addicted to Soda : Alpharetta Dental

bloomberg-soda-banThe consumption of soda can cause similar damage tantamount to the illegal use of drugs such as methamphetamines or crack cocaine.  Whoa, hard to believe.  But tooth erosion can occur from the acid found in soda.  According to the study conducted by the peer-reviewed clinical journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, researchers found the same type and severity of damage from tooth erosion in each of the participants.

Understand that in order to have the same effect, a significant amount of soda has to be consumed.  Nonetheless, the effects are similar.  And our recommendation to patients is minimize the intake of soda and consume more water.  If you can’t stop drinking soda, don’t brush immediately afterwards because you could damage your teeth enamel.  Rather chew xylitol based sugarless gums or rinse with water to remove the acid agents left behind by soda.

If we can be of help, don’t hesitate to contact us for your complimentary consultation.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

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