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Oral Health In America

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Pain and Suffering

  • Twenty-two percent of American adults reported some form of oral-facial pain in the past six months.
  • Pain is a common symptom of craniofacial disorders and interferes with vital functions such as eating, swallowing and speech.

SOURCE: American Association of Public Health Dentistry

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Childhood Disease

  • Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease of childhood - five times more common than asthma.
  • One quarter of all children experience 80% of all tooth decay.
  • Less than 1% of Medicaid spending goes to children's dental care, and fewer than a third of poor children receive any dental care.

SOURCE: American Association of Public Health Dentistry

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Oral Diseases and Disorders

  • Oral and pharyngeal cancers, which are primarily diagnosed in the elderly, are diagnosed in about 30,000 Americans annually and 8,000 die from this disease each year.
  • Oral diseases and disorders are progressive and cumulative and become more complex over time. If current trends persist, millions of Americans will needlessly lose teeth, endure pain, and develop oral infections that can contribute to worsened chronic diseases, compromising their overall health and well being.

SOURCE: American Association of Public Health Dentistry

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Impact On Overall Health

  • Poor oral health during pregnancy can lead to low birth weight babies.
  • Research has demonstrated a link between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease.

SOURCE: American Association of Public Health Dentistry

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Loss Of Productivity

  • Nationally, children lose more than 51 million school hours and adults lose more than 164 million work hours each year due to dental disease or dental visits.

SOURCE: American Association of Public Health Dentistry

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Cost

  • The nation's total bill for dental services was estimated to be $70.1 billion in 2002 and this figure does not take include indirect expenses of oral health problems or the cost of services by other health care providers.

SOURCE: American Association of Public Health Dentistry

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Consumer Habits and Trends

  • Over 95% of U.S. adults who have been treated by a dental hygienist without a dentist on the premises, say they felt comfortable with the care they received.
  • 50% of all American youth ages 17 and under have had cavities in their permanent teeth.
  • 75% of the U.S. population has some form of periodontal gum disease.
  • 50% of Americans do not receive regular oral health care.
  • Americans spend upwards of $2 billion a year on dental products--toothpaste, mouthwash and dental floss.
  • 94% of Americans say they brush nightly; 81% say they do it first thing in the morning.
  • Both men and women feel guilty when they forget to brush, and 79% of those surveyed say they brush because it?s something they were always told they had to do.
  • Roughly 55% of all people who floss do it every day. Of those, 14% floss before breakfast; 26% between breakfast and lunch; 19% between lunch and dinner; and 32% after dinner only. And 67% say they floss before going to bed.
SOURCE: American Dental Hygieniests' Association

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