Dental Care Statistics
By Dr. Ribeiro on September 11, 2018
Life is busy. Oral health is probably not something you dwell on most days. However, the dental care statistics gathered by our Clarksville, TN team may surprise you. If you have ever wondered how your oral hygiene stacks up against the rest of the country, these facts will help shed some light on the subject.
At Clarksville Smiles, we offer a number of treatments in restorative, cosmetic, and general dentistry for the whole family.
Tooth Decay Is Not as Common
Currently, tooth decay and cavities are on the decline. This is an incredible achievement, primarily due to an increase in education, access to dental care, and more frequent fluoride use.
In fact, the prevalence of tooth decay has increased by 30 to 50 percent since the Centers for Disease Control began promoting the fluoridation of municipal water sources.
Oral Health Viewed Essential to Whole-Body Health
In the past, dental health was considered secondary to overall health. However, modern research has proven time and time again that there is an undeniable link between oral health and whole-body health. In fact, when oral bacteria are present, they significantly increase the risk for heart disease, stroke, dementia, and other serious health issues.
As a result, 95 percent of American adults believe that proper oral health is essential to their quality of life and overall wellbeing. Over 80 percent of these individuals stated that an attractive smile is a key component of feeling self-confident and successful.
Most Americans Believe Routine Dental Visits are Essential
Since the majority of Americans believe that oral healthcare is crucial to their overall wellbeing, it only makes sense that approximately 85 percent of individuals believe that routine dental visits are important. However, in 2014, only 52.3 percent of adults reported visiting the dentist every six months.
Dental Care Costs Are Rising
As years pass by, almost everything becomes more expensive, and dental care is no different. Some research studies report that the overall cost of dental procedures is increasing at a faster rate than the cost of most medical treatments.
Unfortunately, the cost of treatment is among the top reasons why adults avoid dental visits. At Clarksville Smiles, we believe that cost should never be a barrier between you and the care you deserve. That is why we offer a number of financing options for your convenience.
Over Half of All Americans Have Dental Insurance
Reports indicate that about 64 percent of all Americans have dental benefits. It will probably come as no surprise to learn that those with insurance have better oral health overall.
Tooth Sensitivity Is a Common Problem
Do you have tooth sensitivity, especially when eating or drinking cold or hot foods and beverages? If so, you are not alone. A recent study reported that over 12 percent of Americans suffer from heightened tooth sensitivity.
Sensitive teeth are typically caused by dental erosion, a condition in which the enamel wears thin. Your dentist can apply topical fluoride to help remineralize the outermost tooth structure, making it more resilient to decay and damage.
Contact Clarksville Smiles Today
If it has been a while since you have visited the dentist, schedule a consultation at our practice. We can help you maintain the health of your teeth and gums for many years to come. Contact us online or call our office at (931) 645-6362.
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“Dr. Ribeiro has been my dentist for many years, and he has always provided exceptional service. His staff is very professional and courteous. They always go out of their way to ensure I have a pleasant experience.” Tina Reed