Dental Facts

Effective and reliable dental care throughout all stages of life is the key to a great smile and a healthy mouth.

32% of Americans cite bad breath as the least attractive trait of their co-worker.

According to a recent American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry survey, 92% of Americans believe that an attractive smile is an important social asset.

78% of Americans have some type of periodontal disease.

The Surgeon General estimates that children with oral disease miss over 51 million hours of school each year, and that adults with oral disease miss approximately 164 million hours of work each year.

50% of Americans do not receive regular oral health care.

44% of dental care expenditures are paid out-of-pocket.

Untreated oral disease can become systemic and lead to serious or even life threatening conditions that lead to emergency room visits, extended hospital stays, and costly medications.

Researchers have found an association between oral disease and conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and bacterial pneumonia.

According to the American Cancer Society, more women in the United States will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year (approximately 12,000 cases) than will be diagnosed with cervical cancer (approximately 10,000 cases).

80% of tooth decay occurs in only 25% of children from low income families.

Nationally, only 20% of Medicaid eligible children received routine preventive dental services in 1993, compared to the 63% of the total child population who see a dentist annually.

Access to dental care is one of the most common reasons why low income families do not seek dental services.

Almost 80% of tooth decay in poor children is untreated.

Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease, and is most prevalent among poor children.