Smile in the City’s leading New York cosmetic dentist, Dr. Joseph Zelig, was recently quoted in a TopDentists article discussing the high risk of gum disease in African-Americans. According to the article, 40% of African-Americans ages 35 to 44 have tooth decay, and African-Americans see higher levels of gingivitis when compared to Caucasian populations.
As a leading cause of tooth loss, gum disease is a serious matter that can be prevented through regular dental visits and proper dental care. However, the Office of Minority Health reports that only 30% of African-Americans went in for annual dental checkups in 2004.
Dr. Zelig notes that low socioeconomic status and genetic predisposition for such conditions as oral cancer and gum disease are certainly factors. Affordable healthcare can play a major role in improving the dental health of African-Americans, as well as community awareness – especially when stressing that dental health is connected to overall health and well-being.
You can read the entire article at TopDentists.com. For more information on Smile in the City’s cosmetic dental services, contact us today!