For anyone searching for another reason to enjoy a glass of red wine with dinner, here’s a great one:
A new study has found that red wine, as well as grape seed extract, could potentially help prevent cavities. They say this could lead to the development of natural products that ward off dental diseases with fewer side effects. Cavities, periodontal disease and tooth loss affect an estimated 60 to 90 percent of the global population.
This research has suggested that polyphenols, grape seed extract and wine can slow bacterial growth. Red wine with or without alcohol and wine with grape seed extract was effective at getting rid of the bacteria found in the mouth.
The down side is you need to treat the stains caused by the red wine. If we can be of help please give us a call.
 Irene Muñoz-González, Thomas Thurnheer, Begoña Bartolomé, M. Victoria Moreno-Arribas. Red Wine and Oenological Extracts Display Antimicrobial Effects in an Oral Bacteria Biofilm Model. American Chemical Society’s Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 2014; 62 (20): 4731 DOI: 10.1021/jf501768p
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). Oral conditions combined accounted for 15 million disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs) globally, implying an average health loss of 224 years per 100,000 population.
DALYs due to oral conditions increased 20.8% between 1990 and 2010, mainly due to population growth and aging. 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 implantologist Zoey Scheinfeld is designed to treat our aging population. Call for an evaluation of your oral health care needs.
Restorative dentistry is an excellent tool for repairing smiles, improving oral health, and boosting one’s confidence. Today, with so many options for restoring function and aesthetic appeal, there’s still no substitute for the proper general dental care needed.
That’s why the Right Smile Centers offers state-of-the-art preventive dentistry, so you can keep your natural smile for years to come. Preventive care isn’t just about what we can do you. We emphasize our partnership in your oral healthcare. So, it’s also about what you can do to help yourself!
Attention to Detail from Your Very First Visit. We don’t push product and we definitely don’t try to sell you dentistry. Our job is to educate you on your needs and what you can do to maintain the best oral care possible.
Scheduling an appointment with a new dentist can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be. Knowing what to expect can go a long way towards putting your mind at ease. When you come to our office for your first visit, Dr. Scheinfeld and her daughters will perform a comprehensive oral exam to check for signs of gum disease, oral cancer, and provide you with a tooth-by-tooth inspection. We’ll talk with you about your medical history and also take X-rays to get a more detailed idea of your overall oral health. We’ll even perform your first cleaning if we don’t find a problem and time allows.
In your first visit we would like to get to know you, because we care about your concerns as much as your smile.
Educating Patients and Preserving Smiles
At the Right Smile Center, we’ll offer tips for improving your oral health. Seeing us every six months is important, but so is knowing how much time to spend at the sink maintaining your oral health.
Your Partner in Oral Health
We’ll do everything we can to help you keep your smile healthy and disease free. You know what they say about an ounce of prevention! With the use of sealants and fluoride supplements, we can give you extra protection where you need it most.
If you live in Sandy Springs, or one of our surrounding areas call our office today to schedule your first visit. We offer a full range of dental services, but educating our patients and helping them preserve their natural smiles for years to come is one of our highest priorities. See what 475 unedited reviews have to say about the Right Smile Center at:
Researchers at Columbia University in New York suggest that if you look after your gums, you could also be reducing your risk of heart disease. They claim that improving dental care slows the speed with which plaque builds up in the arteries.
Writing in a recent online issue of the Journal of the American Heart Association, they report a prospective study that shows how improving gum health is linked to a clinically significant slower progression of atherosclerosis, the process where plaque builds up in arteries and increases a person’s risk of heart disease, stroke and death.
 Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health news release 1 November 2013.
 Changes in Clinical and Microbiological Periodontal Profiles Relate to Progression of Carotid Intima‐Media Thickness: The Oral Infections and Vascular Disease Epidemiology Study; Moïse Desvarieux, Ryan T. Demmer, David R. Jacobs, Panos N. Papapanou, Ralph L. Sacco, and Tatjana Rundek; J Am Heart Assoc. Published online 28 October 2013; DOI: 10.1161/JAHA.113.000254
Do you check in with your internist at six-month intervals to tell him how you’re doing? Does your GP regularly monitor your general health and habits? I doubt it.
It seems that since the passage of Obamacare, the general internist is becoming an increasingly emergency based service; attending only in your darkest, sinus-ridden hours and to be forgotten once you hobble out the door with their overprescribed prescription.
We probably know you better than your physician. You’ve probably been seeing us since you were a teen. Some of us have seen you grow up. We know your occupation. We know your dietary habits and how much you drink every week. We know about your family history of cardiovascular disease. We noticed that time you started to feel short of breath when we laid you back in the chair, even if you didn’t think much of it.
Our six-month chats can be key to identifying issues requiring further medical investigation, facilitating referral to relevant specialists and the consequent early diagnosis of disease. We are paying a lot more attention than you realize – because we care.
The hygienist plays an intricate role in your oral health care. Discoveries in the last decade have uncovered the correlation between periodontal disease and other health related issues such as diabetes, Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular disease, pregnancy related problems that assigns new priorities to the role of the hygienist and your dental visits.
These correlations have caused a new focus on evaluating a dental patient and new signals related to their overall health. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, infections in the mouth can play havoc elsewhere in the body. Research has shown there is an association between periodontal diseases and other chronic inflammatory conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Therefore, treating inflammation may not only help manage periodontal diseases but may also help with the management of other chronic inflammatory conditions.” 
The U.S. Surgeon General agrees that oral health is a strong indicator of one’s overall health and well-being. Without consistent care and monitoring, several oral health problems can result. Immediate risks include gingivitis, cavities, tooth decay, and other gum diseases which can eventually result in various types oral cancer. There is a “silent epidemic” that can be avoided by regular treatment at home and dental visits at least twice each year. The average person can easily overlook conditions that could greatly complicate or even end one’s life. Thus, visiting your dentist for regular checkups is vital to a healthier smile.
“Routine dental exams uncover problems that can be easily treated in the early stages, when damage is minimal”. By treating conditions early in our Sandy Springs office, we hopefully can prevent oral diseases and ultimately create a better quality of life.
It is not merely semantics, but rather a paradigm shift in thinking to consider dental caries (cavities) as a ‘complex disease caused by an imbalance in physiologic equilibrium between tooth mineral and biofilm fluid’. A consequence of dental caries being a complex disease is that on a population basis we may have success with a particular preventive oral program in one select segment of population in our country, but not necessarily in another segment with different cultural and behavioral habits. Moreover, society and the dental community may need to organize our dental health care very differently in neighboring counties, and apply fluorides, tooth brushing protocols and flossing in very different ways (mouth rinsing, toothpaste, water fluoridation and supervised brushing etc.) to obtain rather similar caries reductions from one locale to another.
Contrary to urban lore, the mouth is connected to the body. So, whatever directions caries research should take from here it will require a multidisciplinary approach to solving complex problems and should be included in a well-planned healthcare approach. More than ever, well-educated clinical dentists set the stage and should be included in collaboration with colleagues trained in the multitude of new fields in the basic sciences (biophysics, functional genomics, proteomics, chemical biology, nano-technology, etc.) to address clinically relevant questions.
A higher standard of oral healthcare well planned. Get the facts, ask the Right Smile Center. If we can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.
 Fejerskov O, Nyvad B: Is dental caries an infectious disease? Diagnostic and treatment consequences for the practitioner; in Schou L (ed): Nordic Dentistry 2003 Yearbook. Copenhagen, Quintessence Publishing, 2003, pp 141– 151.