In this section
- Dental and oral health
- Adolescent problems of the teeth and mouth
- Anatomy and development of the mouth and teeth
- Dental health overview
- Hand-foot-and-mouth disease
- Herpes simplex virus cold sores
- Infant problems of the teeth and mouth
- Nursing bottle caries
- Oral health and dental specialists
- Periodontal disease
- Prevention of oral problems
- Thrush or candidiasis
- Thumb sucking
- Toddler problems of the teeth and mouth
- Dental procedures
- Contact us
- Children with special healthcare needs
- Our specialists
- Dental health resources
Dental and oral health
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the majority of Americans (66 percent) visit the dentist each year, with more than 50 billion dollars currently being spent on dental services annually.
Yet, many children and adults needlessly suffer from oral diseases that could be prevented. In fact, close to 20 percent of preschoolers (children ages 4 and 5) have tooth decay - with 50 percent developing tooth decay by the third grade, and nearly 75 percent by age of 15.
With proper preventive care, such as regular check-ups, brushing, flossing, fluoridation, and dental sealants, the risk of dental disease can greatly be reduced.