The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stats tell a story of Americans' inability to stop very preventable oral health conditions.
- Untreated tooth decay occurs in 10 percent of children and 26 percent of adults age 20-64.
- Around 40% of adults age 30 and over have had some type of gum disease.
- Dental emergencies account for an annual average loss of 34 million (yes, million) school hours and $45 billion (yes, billion) in productivity.
Since prevention starts with education, dental health organizations dedicated to proper oral health care provide a wealth of information and other resources. These organizations offer education initiatives, free screenings, and even fun activities designed to improve dental health for families and people of all ages.