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Dental Facts

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Most cavities can be prevented. They are the most common disease among people aged 6 to 19, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). 1

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adults are far from immune to cavities: 9 out of 10 americans over age 20 have tooth decay. 2

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Tooth decay can lead to serious health issues. Examples are heart disease and respiratory illness. These can spread from untreated infections. 3

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only 83 percent of children aged 2 to 17 saw a dentist last year. 4

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Oral exams can lead to diagnosis of serious diseases like HIV and Epstein-Barr. 5

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Toothbrushes should be replaced every three months or after having the cold or flu. 6

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about 78 percent of americans have had at least one cavity by age 17.7