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Prevention of oral problems
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the majority of Americans (66 percent) visit the dentist each year, with more than 50 billion dollars currently being spent on dental services annually.
Despite this, many children and adults needlessly suffer from oral diseases that could be prevented. In fact, 30,100 Americans will be diagnosed with oral and pharyngeal cancers this year, resulting in nearly 7,800 deaths - many of which could have been prevented.
In addition, close to 20 percent of preschoolers (children ages 4 and 5) have tooth decay - with 50 percent developing tooth decay by the third grade, and nearly 75 percent by age of 15.
With proper preventive care, such as regular check-ups, brushing, flossing, fluoridation, and dental sealants, the risk of dental disease can greatly be reduced.
Listed in the directory below you will find additional information regarding preventing oral problems, for which we have provided a brief overview.