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Prevention of Oral Problems

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the majority of Americans (65 percent) visit the dentist each year, with more than 50 billion dollars currently being spent on dental services annually.

Despite this, many children and adults needlessly suffer from oral diseases that could be prevented. In fact, 28,900 Americans will be diagnosed with oral and pharyngeal cancers this year, resulting in nearly 7,400 deaths - many of which could have been prevented.

In addition, close to 20 percent of preschoolers (children ages four and five) 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.

Listed in the directory below you will find additional information regarding preventing oral problems, for which we have provided a brief overview. If you cannot find the information in which you are interested, please visit the Dental and Oral Health Online Resources page in this Web site for an Internet/World Wide Web address that may contain additional information on that topic.

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