From our Family to Yours, we hope and pray that everyone in your life is healthy and feeling well. We are pleased to announce the Full Re-Opening of our practice! As we begin to return to our normal lives, our practice is now open for all dental procedures, not just emergent ones. Throughout this crisis, we have remained open to care for all emergency patients and we look forward to resuming all aspects of dental care. Lack of oral health has been directly linked to more serious health issues and cannot be overlooked. It is important to resume dental cleanings and to address any dental issues that have been put off during this crisis. Our staff is fully prepared to continue to protect our Patients from not only Covid-19 but from all viral exposure as the Infection Control and Anti-viral protocols that we have practiced for 30 years far exceed industry standards. To all our patients that had appointments cancelled due to this health crisis, we will be contacting you to reschedule those appointments. As always you can reach us at 718-876-9100 to schedule an appointment on your own or with any questions you may have. As always, our office and lab continue to welcome all new patients and emergencies if your current dental office is not available We look forward to seeing each of you again soon! All the best, Dr. Mormino, Lauren, Lisa, Anne Marie, Mary, Gladys, Annie & MaryEllen

Dental Care Statistics: Oral Health Facts and Figures By drmori on July 27, 2018

A woman smiling after a dental visitGood dental health is essential for happiness, wellness, and a better sense of self. That’s why our Staten Island, NY general dentistry practice is committed to providing excellent care, focusing on prevention, regular visits, and patient education.

Sometimes it takes numbers to really put dental health matters into proper perspective. Because of that, let’s take a moment to go over some dentistry statistics that might surprise you.

How Important Is Dental Health to Average Americans?

According to a study by the American Dental Association Health Policy Institute, dental health is extremely important to the vast majority of Americans. In that study, 95 percent of respondents said that their oral health was essential for their overall well-being. In addition, 80 percent of respondents said that a healthy, white smile helped improve their mood and might have played a role in career advancement and satisfaction.

Americans and Routine Dental Visits

Regular dental visits are an important part of a person’s oral health routine. Around 85 percent of adults prefer visiting the dentist twice a year for regular cleanings and checkups. Around 75 percent of adults plan on seeing their dentist within the next year.

Actual numbers regarding visits can vary a bit, however. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that 64 percent of adults aged 18-64 visited the dentist within the last year; 62.7 percent of adults age 65 and older visited their dentist within the last year.

Numbers on Brushing Teeth

Brushing your teeth regularly is essential for fighting tooth decay and gum disease. Given its importance, it’s no surprise that 7 in 10 Americans say that they brush their teeth at least twice a day. These numbers from a Delta Dental study also found that on average, Americans brush their teeth for 1 minute and 52 seconds. (The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth at least twice a day for 2 minutes at a time.)

Numbers on Flossing Teeth

While flossing is also an essential part of good oral hygiene, sadly not enough people floss regularly. According to the Delta Dental study, just 4 in 10 Americans floss their teeth at least once a day; a whopping 20 percent of Americans do not floss at all. Ideally, you should be flossing at least once a day.

Statistics on Cavities

Cavities are a common occurrence that affect nearly everyone. The CDC’s Center for Health Statistics found that 91 percent of American adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have experienced cavities; 96 percent of Americans age 65 and older have dealt with cavities.

Thankfully, the cavity has gone down over the years thanks to fluoride in the nation’s water supplies, a practice started in the mid-1940s. The CDC estimates that the cavity rate in the United States has decreased by 30 to 50 percent thanks to fluoridated water.

Statistics on Periodontal Disease

Gum disease is nearly as common as tooth decay. A CDC study from 2009-2010 estimated that 47.2 percent of all adults suffered from some form of gum disease. That’s roughly 64.7 million people. In Americans age 65 and older, the prevalence of gum disease raises to 70.1 percent.

Contact Joseph T. Mormino, DDS

If you would like to learn more about treating dental problems and preventing potential issues down the road, be sure to contact an experienced dentist. Our entire team is here to offer expert dental care and insight into your oral health needs.

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Dr. Mormino is a member of several prestigious organizations:

  • American Dental Association
  • Second District Dental Association
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologist 
  • Academy of General Dentistry 

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