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Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine
What distinguishes Stony Brook’s approach?
At Stony Brook, we are at the forefront of recognizing the im-
pact of oral health on overall health. We work with various de-
partments, such as the Heart Center to screen for oral disease
before patients undergo cardiac surgery and the Cancer Center
to screen for oral cancers and to help prevent or detect oral
complications that arise from chemotherapy and radiation treat-
ments. We treat many medically compromised patients and
work to ensure that they have optimal oral health. Stony Brook
offers several special dental services including the Dental Care
for the Developmentally Disabled program, a geriatric program
and a dental phobia clinic for people who are afraid of dental
care. At Stony Brook we can provide dental services using
sedation or even general anesthesia in the operating room.
What is the connection between oral health and overall health?
Recent studies clearly show that oral health is a key factor in
optimal overall health. Oral diseases can increase the risk for
cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, and diabetes. In
fact, periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, can have
a huge impact on how well you can control diabetes because
periodontal disease has been linked with insulin resistance. This
means that no matter how hard you work on managing your dia-
betes, you will not be able to control your blood sugar levels
until you take care of any existing oral disease.
Why is oral health such an important part of good health?
In many ways, oral health is a foundation and an indicator for
overall health. Chances are if your teeth or gums are not
healthy, you may have other health problems as well. The U.S.
surgeon general, Dr. David Satcher, in his report on Oral Health
in America stated that the mouth is a mirror of health or disease,
it is a sentinel or early warning system and a potential source of
pathology affecting other systems and organs. Untreated dental
disease is painful and can affect overall physical, emotional and
social well being. Children with dental disease often can’t eat or
sleep properly, nor can they concentrate well in school. We pro-
vide services in all areas of dentistry to ensure that our patients
have optimal oral health throughout their lives.
Stony Brook Dental Associates
School of Dental Medicine
Sullivan Hall, Room 170
Stony Brook, NY 11794-8705
(office) 631-632-8971
(fax) 631-632-7658
Hours of Operation:
Mon., Tues., Thurs. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wed. 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Fri. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
School of Dental Medicine
(SDM) is renowned for implementing cutting-edge technology in its educational programs and in the delivery of
oral healthcare services. The SDM provides dental care to more than 13,000 community residents each year and is the country’s leading dental
school in translational research and technology transfer. SDM students participate in community outreach regionally, nationally and abroad in an
effort to serve remote or impoverished regions of the world, including Kenya, Madagascar and the Indian Health Center at Pine Ridge in South Dakota.