How much do you know about American dental practices? Some of these statistics might just surprise you…
51 million: The estimated number of school hours that children lose each year because of illnesses directly related to dental problems. Many people don’t realize that dental health is closely related to overall health, and when your mouth is suffering — for example, if a tooth starts to decay, or plaque starts to build up — your body has to work overtime as it tries to heal itself; that means that your body can’t attend to other health issues. And when kids have poor oral hygiene, health issues can become even more serious. Pediatric emergency room visits are all too often related to dental problems.
23%: The estimated percentage of adults (ages 20 to 64) who have untreated tooth decay. Although this percentage may not seem very big, letting tooth decay go untreated for any length of time is not good. Not only is it painful, but it can lead to serious infections and can spread to other teeth. Pretending that your local dentist office doesn’t actually exist is one of the worst things you can do — and in fact, letting these issues go untreated will only result in an emergency dentist appointment later on down the road.
3 million: The approximate number of Americans who have received dental implants. Dental implants are a bit like dentures — they replace missing teeth — but they’re permanent and are intended to look and feel just like your natural teeth. Whether just one tooth is missing, or an entire mouth of teeth is missing, dental implants can be surgically fused into the jaw bone and function just like natural teeth. And considering how important your teeth are to your well-being, the price of dental implants is certainly worth it.
Preventative measures are, of course, the best way to make sure that you don’t have to make an emergency dentist appointment with your local dentist. But even if you feel like it’s too late for preventative measures, it’s never too late to find a dentist who can bring your mouth back to good health.