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4 Frightening Dental Stats

October 22, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — robisondental @ 3:12 pm

Frightened woman biting her fingernails You may not spend much time thinking about your oral health, but your teeth and gums influence your overall wellness. Various dental issues can increase your risk of many health problems, like cardiovascular disease, nutritional deficiencies, and Alzheimer’s. If you don’t give your dental health much thought, here are 4 frightening facts you should know.

1. 92% of Adults Have Cavities

Your teeth are protected by the hardest substance in your body. Your enamel is stronger than some metals, but it’s no match against frequent exposure to cavity-causing bacteria. 

Sugars and starches create an acidic plaque that can erode your enamel over time. Once your enamel is gone, it won’t grow back. Brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice daily and moderating your sugar consumption can keep tooth decay at bay.

2. Half of Adults Have Gum Disease

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 50% of adults over the age of 30 have a form of gum disease. Not only is it a leading cause of tooth loss, but it’s also connected to heart disease, Alzheimer’s, diabetic complications, and more.

Daily flossing can keep your gums healthy by removing plaque and tartar your toothbrush can’t reach. Contact your dentist if you develop red, swollen, or bleeding gums, which are signs of gingivitis. 

3. 120 Million Adults Are Missing Teeth

Your teeth can last for a lifetime, and each tooth is crucial for your oral and general health. Losing even one can cause your jawbone to shrink by 25% in the first year. It will continue to deteriorate over time, increasing your risk of tooth loss, TMJ disorders, and nutritional deficiencies. Tooth loss can add 10 years to your appearance.

Good oral hygiene, regular dental care, and nutritious foods can keep your teeth healthy. If you play sports, don’t forget to wear an athletic mouthguard to protect your pearly whites.

4. 35% of Adults Never See a Dentist

The American Dental Association recommends a cleaning and checkup every 6 months to keep your mouth healthy. Every $1 spent on preventive dentistry can save up to $50 on restorative treatments by stopping common dental issues from occurring. 

Routine dental care is an investment in your general wellness. If you have dental insurance, you can visit your dentist twice a year after a co-pay.

Your mouth doesn’t have to be a scary place. You can achieve a smile you’re proud of by giving your teeth and gums the attention they need.

About Dr. J.D. Robison

Dr. Robison has studied at Purdue University, University of Michigan, and the University of Detroit Mercy. He regularly continues his education to provide up-to-date services, like aesthetic reconstruction, orthodontics, and TMJ disorders. Dr. Robison has the experience and qualifications you can trust to achieve optimal oral health. Request an appointment through his website or call (734) 292-8583.

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