|Why is Oral Health Important?
95% of all Americans are afflicted by oral disease. Oral Cancer is more common than leukemia, melanoma of the skin, Hodgkin’s disease and cancers of the brain, liver, bone, stomach, thyroid gland, ovaries or cervix.
Each year over 164 million hours are missed from work and 52 million hours from school due to dental problems.
Tooth decay is the single most common chronic disease of childhood.
Almost half of U.S. children ages 5 – 17 have experienced tooth decay in their permanent teeth.
25% of children and adolescents (typically from families with low incomes and minority populations) experience 80% of all dental decay occurring in permanent teeth.
Lost work due to dental problems equates to 164,000 American workers off the job for the entire year.
Among migrant children age 10 – 14, dental care is the most common health problem, and age 15 – 19; it is the second most common health problem.
140 million Americans do not have dental insurance as opposed to 43 million without medical insurance.
Upon retiring, 85% of Americans have no dental insurance
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