Oral health and dental care in the U.S. - Statistics & Facts
Oral health is an important, but often overlooked and underrated aspect of a person’s general health. Common oral diseases and conditions include tooth decay or dental cavities or caries, bad breath, dry mouth, periodontitis or gum disease, including gingivitis, and oral cancer. Although genetics play a role in the susceptibility and severity of many such conditions, simple oral care can greatly reduce the chances of suffering from a number of oral conditions. This care involves regularly brushing teeth, flossing, avoiding risk factors like smoking and sugary foods and drinks, and visiting the dentist for regular cleanings and checkups. In 2020, it was estimated that around 15 percent of children and adolescents in the United States had oral health problems.
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