Programs to Monitor Oral Health Become a Priority

Beverly Hills periodontist Dr. Alex Farnoosh discusses a new program that aims to illuminate the importance of good oral health in maintaining overall health.

Beverly Hills, California (August 2010) – The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Oral Health (CDC DOH) and the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) have partnered to create a program to track the incidence and pervasiveness of periodontal disease in America. The program is part of strategic planning for 2010 through 2014.

Shockingly, preliminary findings suggest the rate of gum disease may be two to three times higher than formerly believed, based on the results of the 2009-2010 National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey (NHANES). The survey consisted of an oral health questionnaire and full oral assessment. The AAP is pressuring the CDC to investigate and authenticate the survey’s results in order to provide a benchmark of periodontal health in the United States.

The link between oral disease and general disease has been established: oral disease is associated with diabetes, heart disease, respiratory disease and more. The prevalence of periodontal disease makes this correlation even more alarming. The AAP and CDC aim to use this knowledge and the survey results in emphasizing the significance of good oral health in achieving total health. If oral health is made a national priority, perhaps overall health will benefit.

According to Dr. Alex Farnoosh, esteemed Beverly Hills periodontist and inventor of a unique gummy smile surgery, “As research continues to demonstrate the link between periodontal disease and general disease, the significance and implications of this public health pandemic become clear. The AAP’s partnership with the CDC DOH is important – establishing a benchmark of oral health is an important step in diminishing overall rates of disease in America. With a bit of luck, increased public awareness will prompt people to visit a periodontist and make gum and tooth care a priority.”

The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) is the professional organization for periodontists—specialists in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases affecting the gums and supporting structures of the teeth, and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontists are also dentistry’s experts in the treatment of oral inflammation. They receive three additional years of specialized training following dental school, and periodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. The AAP has 8,000 members worldwide.

To make an appointment with Dr. Farnoosh, request a consultation or call his office at (310) 657-0503.

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