Dental Fun Facts

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We all enjoy these popular foods, but see the amount of hidden sugar that is going on your teeth.

 

This is why Dr. Albano stresses Brushing and Flossing!

You can also find more information regarding dental health at Mouthhealthy.org, brought to you by American Dental Association.

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The number of cavities in the average mouth is down and people are keeping their teeth longer. People, on average, have healthier mouths than even 10 years ago.

Specifically:

  • The decline in tooth decay was greatest among kids but holds across every age group.
  • Only 40% of young people age 6 to 19 had ever in their lives had cavities. That's down from 50% a decade ago.
  • Over the last ten years the proportion of people age 60 who'd lost all their teeth had decreased from 33% to 25%.
  • Use of dental sealants, which block tooth decay on the chewing surfaces of kids' vulnerable molars, was up 64%. 30% of kids had had at least one sealed tooth.
  • Adults with post-high-school degrees had an average of three more teeth than those without a high school diploma.
  • Smokers remain three times more likely than non-smokers to lose all their teeth. This figure has not changed from a decade ago.
  • Socio-economic status plays a definite role in one's general and dental health….33% of low-income adults have untreated decay. This compared with 16% of middle- and higher-income adults. 19% of kids living in poverty have untreated decay compared with 8% of wealthier kids. CDC & ADA 1/06

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51 Million school hours per year are lost because of dental related illness - Surgeon General David Satcher

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Students ages 5-17 years missed 1,611,000 school days in 1996 due to acute dental problems - an average of 3.1 days per 100 students - Surgeon General David Satcher

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If you don't floss, you miss cleaning 35% of your tooth surfaces.

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Teeth are the hardest substance in the human body.

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Tooth decay is the 2nd most common disease in the U.S. after the common cold.

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Fruit juices that contain sugar and water are no better for your teeth than soda-pop drinks.

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Tartar control toothpastes may cause sensitivity in teeth due to the pyro-phosphates they contain. Sensitivity formulated toothpastes can take 4 weeks or longer to take effect before helping reduce the sensitivity.

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Are cavities contagious? Many different types of bacteria, like strep mutans (the bugs responsible for cavities) can be transferred from one mouth to another through kissing.

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In an average lifetime, a person produces 10,000 gallons of saliva. As we age, our saliva diminishes, making us more vulnerable to dental infections as well as bad breath.

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Mothers-to-be with severe periodontal infection are almost EIGHT times more likely to have a pre-term, low birth-weight baby. Increased hormone production during pregnancy increase plaque which untreated can lead to gingivitis/gum disease in pregnant women.

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Gum disease may make it more difficult for diabetics to control their blood sugar.

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