Tooth decay is the #1 chronic childhood illness.
Dental disease has been linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, pneumonia, and poor pregnancy outcomes.
Tooth decay is an infectious chronic disease, which is also 100% preventable.
In the US, more than 51 million school hours are lost each year due to dental disease, leading to increased educational disparities.
In the US, 164 million work hours are lost each year due to dental disease, leading to decreased productivity.
Left untreated, dental disease can lead to malnourishment, bacterial infections, required emergency surgery and even death.
In the US, more than 42,000 cases of oral cancer will be diagnosed this year.
Oral diseases are a neglected epidemic – virtually everyone is affected by them, yet little is done to treat and prevent them.
More than 500 medications negatively affect the oral cavity.
A routine oral health exam can detect signs and symptoms of many health conditions.